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Olympic swimmers dive in to support 22-year-old brain tumour patient

On Wednesday 30 October, two Olympic swimmers joined fundraisers at an event held in support of a 22-year-old living with a brain tumour.

Mark Foster and Katy Sexton MBE, who both represented Great Britain in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, were at Wincanton Sports Centre to deliver the Mark Foster Swimming Academy.

The talented duo also teamed up with staff at the sports centre, who were holding a coffee morning for Brain Tumour Research. They are raising money in support of employee Laura Skerritt, a teaching instructor, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour 10 months ago.

Katy said: “It was a pleasure to co-host the swim camp and amazing to see dozens of children taking to the pool and their parents enjoying the coffee morning to raise money for this vital cause. I’ve been working with Brain Tumour Research for several years as my sister has been diagnosed with the disease.”

Katy’s sister, Kelly Lee, from Waterlooville, was diagnosed with a pituitary gland tumour in 2007. Surgery successfully removed her tumour but Kelly, aged 40, still takes medication and requires regular MRI scans.

Laura, who has worked at the sports centre for more than five years, added: “I’m very grateful for the support of my colleagues at Wincanton Sports Centre and I was thrilled that Mark and Katy were there on the day.”

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