Proud auntie raises thousands for BHF

While there were many great stories from the annual 1.4 mile Bournemouth Pier to Pier open water swim on July 16, one in particular stood out.

Tanya Scott, 50, from Staines took part in the swim to honour her nephew.

Tanya raised more than £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

In April 1988 Tanya’s brother in law Mike and his wife Jane welcomed their first son, Tom. When Tom was born it was discovered that he had congenital heart block, which is when the electrical impulses of the heart are delayed or blocked as they travel between the top chambers of the heart and the bottom chambers of the heart.

He tragically died aged just 26.

His parents, Mike and Jane Franklin, were there on the day to cheer Tanya on. Mike said: “Tanya, her husband Andy and their daughter Nancy have been a tremendous support to us since Tom passed. What Tanya and Sue have done is crazy, but wonderful!”

More than 1.6 million people in the South East and London alone are living with cardiovascular disease, and every pound raised for the BHF goes towards its life saving research into heart and circulatory disease.

To donate to the BHF in support of Tanya and Sue’s swim, visit their donation page at or if you’re tempted to take the dive yourself, visit to find out more information.

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For over 50 years we’ve pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease. But so many people still need our help. From babies born with life-threatening heart problems to the many Mums, Dads and Grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily battles of heart failure. Join our fight for every heartbeat in the UK. Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to our shops will help make a difference to people’s lives.



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