Eyemouth swimathon nets £1,500 for arthritis charity

Jacob Ellwood making a splash while hosting a swim-a-thon at Eyemouth pool for SNAC (Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children)
Jacob Ellwood making a splash while hosting a swim-a-thon at Eyemouth pool for SNAC (Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children)

Nine-year-old arthritis sufferer Jacob Ellwood has swum a mile to raise money for the Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children (SNAC) charity.

Jake’s mum Eilidh arranged a Swimathon, which took place at Eyemouth Pool on Saturday, to raise money for the charity that has helped the family through a difficult year.

Jake was diagnosed with Juvinile Idiopatic Arthritis (JIA) in October last year and has since undergone two operations and intensive physio to straighten his knees.

Eilidh said the support they received from SNAC had been invaluable, and she and Jake wanted to give something back. Around 15 of their friends and family swam a mile at the Swimathon, which has raised around £1,500.

“It was an amazing day,” Eilidh said. “My proudest moment was Jacob completing a mile (64 lengths). What an advert for Juvenile Arthritis!

“I want to say a big thank you to our friends and family, especially those who took part and helped poolside. Thanks also to Henry Gray for the use of the pool and local businesses for their raffle donations.”

Eilidh is also grateful to Wavedancer and The Home Arms Guest House who sponsored t-shirts, and Zoe at the Hairbar who contributed her tips to the cause. “I must thank Jake’s Granny Alison for all her help; his physios Jamie and Lynn for all their hard work since October when Jake was diagnosed; his PE teacher Mrs Henry; and Dr Jo Walsh from the Sick Kids Hospital,” Eilidh said. “And finally SNAC for all their help and support.”