After sadly losing their little boy Sean (4) through complications after surgery, Stephen recalls feeling completely broken.
Sean was brave and confident, and demonstrated these through his adoration of swimming. When he was in hospital, Sean said that he would never swim again.
I think this stuck hard with me after he died, the guilt I felt at the thought of ever getting back in the swimming pool without him was so overwhelming, I avoided the pool at all costs.
When Stephen’s daughter started school was learning how to swim, he recalls how daunting it was daunting for him to get back into the water because that wonderful, energetic activity was always associated with Sean, who had passed on. It was hard to get back into the normality of taking his daughter swimming as he sat in tears on the poolside.
But when he heard about the Big Hearted Swimathon in 2015, Stephen knew this could be his way to face his fears and get back into the pool. It wasn’t easy though, because that meant swimming the length of the channel (1416 lengths of a 25 meter pool!) Stephen was overwhelmed by the responses of people, over 60 people would attend to share the lengths with him, all for Sean.
In the end they raised over £3000!
To read more about Stephen and Sean, click here.