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  • Stationary charity cycle raises more than £300 for Blossom's Legacy

    Henry James

    THE wheels were definitely going round and round - although the bikes were going nowhere! - when a sponsored stationary cycling event was staged at the Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale in aid of the Blossom’s Legacy charity.

    The event, organised by Corrine Gibson, saw eight riders clock up an impressive 245 miles - the equivalent of the distance from London to Paris - and raise more than £330.

    Blossom’s Legacy was set up in memory of Skelmersdale youngster Blossom Iris Kelly who tragically died in an drowning accident while on a family holiday in Spain last year.

    After being pulled from a hotel swimming pool the four-year-old was airlifted to hospital in Barcelona, but despite the best efforts of doctors there, her mother, Vicky had to make the agonising decision to switch off her life support machine.

    Blossom had attended weekly lessons at a local swimming pool but had not yet learned to swim.

    Following their loss, Vicky and dad Kris decided to start the charity, named Blossom’s Legacy, with the aim of ensuring other parents didn’t suffer the same heartache as them.

    The charity was officially launched on Friday, June 16 of this year at St Francis of Assisi RC Primary School in Blakehall, where Blossom had attended the nursery.

    Kris has commented: “Blossom’s story will hopefully prevent the same thing happening to anyone else.”

    A spokesperson for Blossom’s Legacy said: “All the funds raised will go towards educating, encouraging and embodying children with the skills and tools to allow them to be able to learn to swim from a very early age.

    “Special thanks goes to Nye Bevan who provided the bikes for the stationary cycle event.”

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