Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bravo, Tate!

A month ago, my grandson Tate (10) decided - spontaneously and independently  - to raise money for his Asperger Children’s Club by swimming half a mile, and asking people to sponsor him. “I am going to swim 36 lengths of Heeley Pool without stopping!”

Many of you sponsored him. He had a target of £200 and he has raised £610.30 (plus Gift Aid). Go Tate!

Thank you for supporting him so generously. The money is a huge gift to his club, and Tate’s success in raising it is a huge boost to his confidence, which is – at the risk of being cheesy – a bigger gift.

Yesterday, two days early, he did the swim.



It was wonderful to be there to see see him do it. I sat in the gallery at the end of the lane to give him a thumbs up and to count the lengths. He did a variety of strokes. As I watched him, I got a weird bursting feeling in my chest. Is this what pride feels like? Every time he got to my end of the pool he gave me a big grin and showed me how many lengths he’d done by holding up the equivalent number of hands and fingers.

From where I was perched his swim looked relaxed and effortless. But that’s what skill looks like, isn’t it? You don’t see the years of hard work and practice that led up to it.




Well done, Tate! You’re great! I love you and I’m so proud of you. May your everyday life one day achieve the same seemingly effortless success.

I believe that it will. I really do.


lyn said...

Congratulations! What a great achievement.

Sue Hepworth said...

Thank you for your lovely support, Lyn. x

Anonymous said...


pride - but of course!
Also maybe some vicarious swimming alongside, too?

Sue Hepworth said...

Definitely not swimming! Cycling or walking, skating or sledging or slacklining.....but not swimming.

Sue Hepworth said...

Oh all right, maybe. But just because it's Tate.