Dedicated Sally dives into new charity challenge
A DISABLED mum-of-three who has been selected to carry the Olympic torch through Bristol is now taking on a swimming challenge to help save lives.
Dedicated charity volunteer Sally Roberts, 42, who lives in Cunningham Gardens, Fishponds, has been swimming lengths of the pool at Horfield Leisure Centre to raise money for Meningitis UK.
She said: "I wanted to support Meningitis UK's ground-breaking research to help protect future generations from this cruel disease.
"I feel personally motivated to swim as many lengths as possible as my friend survived meningitis and it is not a nice thing to go through. It claims 300 lives each year. I would love to see vaccines to stamp out this disease completely one day."
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The cleaner for Bristol City Council, is aiming to clock up around 64 lengths each session for three days in a specially-designated lane made available by the leisure centre.
Ms Roberts, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy, has already been announced as one of 10 people who will carry the Olympic torch through Hanham.
She also helped as a steward at Meningitis UK's Summer Stroll from Keynsham to Bristol last June has also recently been collecting money in Kingswood for the British Red Cross.
Meningitis UK chief executive Kate Rowland said: "We are all so grateful to Sally for all her hard work and support of our charity.
"Sally has been giving up her own time to help others and we are inspired by her dedication to the fight against meningitis.
"Because the disease is notoriously difficult to detect and can strike within hours, at Meningitis UK we are solely focused on developing preventative vaccines to save lives.
"Without the help of our supporters like Sally, we would not be able to fund this research."