Portland Centre Receptionist Anna Schmelich recently completed the Great North Swim choosing to fundraise for FITC after a suggestion from her mum. Taking inspiration from Anna’s dad, who has previously completed the coast to coast bike ride, the pair signed up for the event, with Anna keen to support her mum and take part in the swim together.
Originally Anna had wanted to enter a Tough-Mudder event, but due to an unfortunate car accident, she was unable to compete after injuring her back, but was determined to complete an event to support the club’s registered charity.
Anna trained at Portland Centre’s pool, 3 times a week, making sure she swam a mile or more each time to improve her speed. In May she began open-water swimming up to twice at either Holme Pierpont or six hills, to get used to both open-water swimming and her wetsuit!
Anna was keen to fundraise for FITC to help contribute to their range of projects, many of which are based at Portland Centre, her place of work. “I wanted to raise the money because I think FITC run a lot of great programmes. Working at Portland, I hear a lot of feedback from customers and their families that come to the sessions. The number of projects FITC deliver is brilliant so I know this will help a range of people.” Anna raised a fantastic £318 for FITC’s projects, a huge well done from all at FITC and Portland Centre!