Paralympic gold medallist Liz Johnson has made a splash to show her support for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.
Liz, from Newport, took to the pool to encourage people to host a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 27 September.
Liz won a gold medal for the 100m breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games 11 days after sadly losing her mother Bonnie, 52, to cervical cancer.
The 27-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, said: “My mum died 11 months after her diagnosis and my sister got a lot of support from Macmillan after she passed away.
“When she was ill, my mum also received support from Macmillan.
“She was very brave and never discussed it with us so having Macmillan there meant she had someone to discuss things with including the financial impact of her illness.
“I was away a lot for training so indirectly Macmillan helped me by looking after my family’s needs.”
Swansea University graduate Liz, who also won gold medals at the 2006 IPC world championships, a silver medal at the Athens Paralympics in 2004 and a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, is now encouraging people to host a coffee morning to crucial funds for the charity.
“I’m supporting World’s Biggest Coffee Morning as Macmillan was able to help my family at a time when we needed them most,” she said.
“You can learn so much from sharing your experiences and knowing that you’re not alone and that’s one of the things that Macmillan does.”
Now in its 23rd year, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised an amazing £15m for Macmillan last year alone.
The charity is appealing for more people than ever to host their own coffee morning to raise crucial funds to support people affected by cancer.
To sign up to host a coffee morning, call 0300 1000 200 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee.
For information or support relating to cancer, call Macmillan’s Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.