A PRIMARY school teacher from Chester swam the height of Kilimanjaro on Saturday– three months before her husband climbs the African peak.
Nicky Bolton, 38, from Christleton, swam 236 lengths at Christleton Sports Centre to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The primary school teacher started fundraising after seeing her niece, Phoebe, two, and nephew, Wilf, 15, suffer from the disease first hand.
“My nephew Wilf has cystic fibrosis and has to take around 100 tablets a day for the disease as well as having daily physiotherapy sessions,” she said. “My niece, Phoebe, is also taking a lot of medication. It’s the UK's most common life-threatening inherited disease, but lately there has been a lot of progress scientifically towards finding more effective treatments and I wanted to do everything I could to help.”
Nicky and her husband Brendan have held a raft of fundraising events including a football tournament, a pub quiz at the Ring O’ Bells, Christleton and a sponsored Easter Bunny Bounce in their back garden.
In October Brendan will walk up Mount Kilimanjaro – which at 5,895m is Africa’s highest peak – to raise money for the cause.
The couple are hoping to reach their £5,000 fundraising target by the end of October.
Nicky’s children Emily, six, and Ted, four, were helped in Saturday’s fundraising effort by swimming the first and last length.
Nicky is supported by friends, family and pupils from Overleigh St Mary’s primary school in Handbridge, where she teaches.
Caleb St Hill, nine, who is a pupil at the school, is swimming the entire 240 lengths alongside Nicky.
“I’m lucky to have had so much support,” said Nicky.