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Help Sprowston’s Stacey make a splash for cancer charity

Just Regional
Feb 8, 2013 3 mins read

A former competitive swimmer from Sprowston will be turning her attention to a good cause in May when she swims the distance of the English Channel.

Stacey Rivett, who attended Sprowston High School, will be attempting to swim 22 miles (the distance of the channel crossing) at the UEA Sportspark in May, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Perrie Greaves.

Perrie, also a former Sprowston High pupil, was diagnosed with cancer in his late teens and sadly passed away in November 2012 aged just 21. He had also been a member of Sprowston Lads football team with Stacey’s brother Michael.

“I am really just trying to get word out there and raise as much money as possible,” said Stacey. “If I could get a few more sponsors through the magazine it would be great as I am getting close to target.”

Stacey was a competitive swimmer for Norwich Penguins up until the age of 16.

Now 24, she had been interested in getting back into swimming for a while.

She said: “When Perrie died last November I also knew I wanted to do something in the way of fundraising in his memory. I then decided to put the two together and do a charity swim.

“Having been a strong swimmer in the past I wanted to do something that would be a challenge and achievement for myself. A channel swim seemed like a big challenge, however I am not brave enough to attempt it in open water so am sticking to the pool.”

Stacey, who works at Start-rite shoes on Broadland Business Park, said The Sportspark at the UEA was donating a lane for the day, SWIMSHOP had donated some equipment and the head coach of the City of Norwich Swimming Club and the Norwich Penguins’ Learn to Swim School is giving her some tips for training.

“I am currently building up my training for the big swim on May 12 and am hoping to complete the 22 miles in around 12 hours.

“My family and friends think I am mad but are being very supportive of what I’m hoping to achieve. Several friends are offering their support and help on the day.”

Stacey’s original fundraising target was £500 but that was smashed within days so she has upped it to £1,000.

Anyone who would like to help Stacey make a splash for the Teenage Cancer Trust can go to www.justgiving.com/stacey-rivett

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