Thousands raised in the name of Rothwell youngster with muscular dystrophy

A family fun day and fun run at Rothwell Infant School, which had originally been organised to raise money for a lift at the school for 6-year-old Sam Swingler, but that's now been paid for by the council, so the money will be going to Muscular Dystrophy charity.

A family fun day and fun run at Rothwell Infant School, which had originally been organised to raise money for a lift at the school for 6-year-old Sam Swingler, but that's now been paid for by the council, so the money will be going to Muscular Dystrophy charity.

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People of all ages have taken part in a family fun day and fun run held in the name of a six-year-old with muscular dystrophy.

More than £4,000 raised at the event, held at Rothwell Infant School on September 28, will be split between helping Sam Swingler as well as supporting the Muscular Dystrophy charity and the school itself.

Due to the rapid progression of Sam’s illness he can no longer stand unaided.

Organiser Abi Manning said £500 would be spent by the school to set up a programme for youngsters who find it hard to concentrate.

She added: “The event was a real success, not only money-wise but also the community coming together. We definitely raised more than we expected. We would like to do something like this next year.”

The school, which Sam attends, has also expressed its gratitude to all who made the day a triumph.