Woman holds sponsored swim in Fareham for friend with brain tumour

Karen Hannaby is set to swim 5Km at Fareham Leisure Centre, to raise money for her friend Michael (Jim) O'Callaghan who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151245-134)
Karen Hannaby is set to swim 5Km at Fareham Leisure Centre, to raise money for her friend Michael (Jim) O'Callaghan who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151245-134)
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WHEN kindhearted Karen Hannaby discovered that her close friend had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, she set about raising £500 to send him on holiday.

Now the determined lady has smashed that target and is on course to raise more than £1,500 for her friend Michael O’Callaghan.

These acts of kindness mean so much and will make a big difference to Jim and Gina.

Karen Hannaby, from Fareham

Mrs Hannaby, 48, had hoped to raise enough cash to send Mr O’Callaghan, who is known as Jim, and his partner Gina on holiday, although as Mr O’Callaghan’s condition is deteriorating so rapidly, he may not live to enjoy the trip.

Mrs Hannaby, a secretary administrator at an accountancy firm, said: ‘We are taking one day at a time.

‘It seems that now the money I have raised may be going towards costs for his care, so even though they may not get their holiday, the money will be a big help and support to Jim and Gina.’

She set herself the challenge of swimming 5km, which she will do at Fareham Leisure Centre.

Ryan Grant, general manager at the centre, which is run by Everyone Active, will let Mrs Hannaby use a lane of the pool for the swim and has also given her free access for training.

Mr Grant said: ‘It is clear that Karen is doing all she can for a friend in need and we are happy for her to use the facilities. We are going to support Karen the whole way as she does her bit to make a difference for her friend and make Jim’s life just that bit easier.’

Mrs Hannaby will complete her sponsored swim at 8am on Sunday, and she is encouraging people to come along to support her and her cause.

She said: ‘Due to Jim’s condition having deteriorated a lot over the past 10 days I’ve spent most free time there so the training has gone by the by.

‘I am not a young fit athlete type, I am 48, ex-fairly good swimmer but not really in shape. My thought process is that if you are doing something to raise money then it should be something that’s a challenge.’

Yesterday her fundraising total stood at £1,300.

Mrs Hannaby, from Fareham, said: ‘I’ve been blown away by the generosity of people, many of whom don’t know me or Jim. These acts of kindness mean so much and will make a big difference to Jim and Gina.’

To make a donation go to crowdfunding.justgiving.com/karen-hannaby-1