Swimming challenges in Judith’s honour

Sarah Johnston, partner of Judith Lindley-Neilson, Olympic medallist Steve Parry and Judith's business partner Sue Brown at the launch of the Great East Swim
Sarah Johnston, partner of Judith Lindley-Neilson, Olympic medallist Steve Parry and Judith's business partner Sue Brown at the launch of the Great East Swim

A woman will go extra lengths for charity when she attempts three swimming challenges in memory of her partner who died after battling eye cancer.

Sarah Johnston will brave the Great North, Great East and Great Manchester Swims from next month with family and friends for an ongoing fund-raising initiative in tribute to Judith Lindley-Neilson.

The 47-year-old, of Thurston, has taken part in the Great East Swim at Alton Water Reservoir before with Ms Lindley-Neilson, who was in remission from the condition.

However, the cancer later returned and the fitness and swimming instructor at 
Moreton Hall Health Club passed away aged 49 last October.

The year-long campaign Judith’s 50/50 was set up in aid of her two favourite charities the Teenage Cancer Trust and WaterAid.

So far it has raised £7,000 through various events, which are set to continue.

Ms Johnston said: “We’re hoping to raise as much as possible through the Swims.

“One of the things Judith was really good at was bringing lots of people together.

“We’re just amazed by the people around the country who have responded.”

During the challenges she will be joined by Neil Patterson and his daughter Emily, Ms Lindley-Neilson’s sister Susan Lindley and her daughter Kate.

Meanwhile, Ms Lindley-Neilson’s son Franklin will take part in the Manchester Swim with his father Jon.

They will attempt one mile at each of the Swims, which run from June 15 to July 20.

To make a donation visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/judiths50-50