Winchester boy completes triathlon to raises £1,500 for disabled sister Jemima Syvret (From Andover Advertiser)
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Winchester boy completes triathlon to raises £1,500 for disabled sister Jemima Syvret
8:00am Sunday 27th October 2013 in Winchester
A LITTLE boy from near Winchester has completed his very first triathlon to help raise money for his disabled sister.
Oli Syvret, completed his run, cycle and swim in record time, along with friend Arthur Hurren, 8, last Sunday.
The Compton and Sherborne House School boys ran 1.2km, swam 600m and cycled over 10km all in one day to raise a staggering £1,500 for Oli’s sister, Jemima, who needs life-changing surgery on her spine.
Jemima, who was born with a rare form of cerebral palsy called quadriplegia, requires spinal surgery and intense physiotherapy so she can eventually walk unaided.
The family decided to launch the Jemima’s Journey campaign to raise £90,000 for her spinal surgery in Missouri and subsequent physio and hydrotherapy.
It was then that eight-year-old Oli decided to push himself physically across a range of activities that he wished his sister could do better.
Oli, a Compton School pupil from Norlands Drive, in Otterbourne, said: "I'd never done anything like this before but I had great fun. It was really hard but it was worth it to raise funds for my sister."
Oli’s mum, Jo, said: “The boys’ stamina was fantastic. They wanted to keep going and doing further distances but we wanted them to complete everything so we had to curb their enthusiasm.”
The family celebrated at the start of the month when Dad, Andrew, and 20 of his friends rowed sixty miles around the Isle of Wight, raising a staggering £40,000.
Jemima’s story has sparked a great deal of interest including the Southampton Sea Scouts, who lent equipment for training to the rowing group as well as the Barker-Mill Foundation, who handed over £10,000 after reading about Jemima’s cause in the Chronicle in August.
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