Lewis sets his sights on world record bid

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A young sportsman whose mum has fought cancer is taking on a world record challenge involving 100 swimmers to help others with the condition.

Lewis Coleman, from Middlewood, is arranging a 100x100 metre relay at Ponds Forge sports centre to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The 21-year-old decided to organise the event after his mum, Margaret, underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat her acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and has set a fundraising target of £100,000.

Lewis is a member of the Great Britain World Class Development Squad, and currently trains with the City of Sheffield Swim Squad.

He said his ‘world was rocked’ when his mum was diagnosed in July 2012.

“It came as a real shock as she’s always been so healthy and active,” he said.

“Nevertheless, once she came to terms with the illness, my mum saw it as a challenge that she would have to overcome.”

During the swim at Ponds Forge on February 1, Lewis’s brother Oliver, 10, will start the relay, and Lewis will end it.

Stars such as Fran Halsall, Rebecca Adlington, Andrew Willis and Caitlin McClatchey are planning to take part.

The aim is to beat the record of one hour, 37 minutes and 53 seconds.

Lewis has raised almost £7,500 so far.

“I’ve always had big dreams and this was no different. I decided I would like to break a world record,” said Lewis.

Margaret is currently awaiting her latest test results. She took part in a trial for a new drug, Blinatumomab, ahead of her transplant.

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