Little swimmer Rosanna just keeps defying the odds

A sponsored swim banner on a gate, the swim has been organised by Rosanna Ogden
A sponsored swim banner on a gate, the swim has been organised by Rosanna Ogden
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Family issues plea to people of the county to turn out in force and raise needed funds

An inspirational four-year old has defied the odds once again claiming another swimming accolade.

Little Rosanna Ogden incredibly swam 24 lengths of a 25 metre pool to claim her 600m badge.

Rosanna, of Adlington, Chorley, was found to have tumour in her heart when she was just six weeks old.

The youngster went underwent emergency open heart surgery which took eight hours to remove the tumour.

Doctors suggested swimming would help Rosanna in her recovery and the remainders of the tumour would shrink as she grew bigger.

After her latest achievement, Rosanna, along with the help from mother Sanam, have organised a charity swimming event.

The family fun day will be at David Lloyd, in Chorley, on Saturday, August 16.

The family needs 150 swimmers and 20 volunteers to help make the event happen.

A BBQ is also on offer as well as entertainment such as clowns and balloons.

To mark the event, David Lloyd has donated the swimming pool for free, to ensure plenty of money can be raised for the British Heart Foundation.

Sanam said: “All the events are free on the day; it’s an absolutely fantastic gesture.

“It’s very appreciating and it shows how much they care about the charity event.

“David Lloyd said they are amazed at what Rosanna is doing and they want to help her raise as much money as possible.

“We want to attract a live band to provide more entertainment.”

Sanam added: “It’s unbelievable what she has achieved.

“To do date Rosanna has raised more than £500,000 for the foundation.

“It’s great Rosanna has raised so much money.

“We want to encourage everybody to come down to David Lloyd and help raise money, it is the first even like this which is being held in the North West.”