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Sport challenge ends in lots of money for heart charity

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

Sarah Jayne Herbert.

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A SWANSEA teacher has completed her task of sampling an A to Z of sports in order to raise money for a charity that means a lot to her.

Sarah Jayne Herbert, a member of staff at Christchurch Primary School in Sandfields, set out to try all manner of sports from aqua aerobics to mountaineering and netball to Zumba.

Her aim was to encourage more of her pupils to take up a new activity as well as raising funds for the British Heart Foundation.

She said: "A few years ago, all within nine months of each other, my mother, father and grandma all passed away. My mother and father were both only 54 and sadly both suffered heart attacks."

She set out to raise £100 but has far exceeded her expectations and has so far collected over £650.

Of her experiences she said: "The A-Z challenge in three months has been an amazing experience where I have tried new sports and more impressively I have lost nearly four stone in weight.My friends and family have been a fantastic support and have been joining in too!

"My favourite sports were scuba diving, horse riding, muddy assault course and climbing Pen Y Fan mountain was a memorable moment where I left a stone in remembrance for my mum, dad and gran, who were the real reason I embarked on this challenge.

"A huge thank you to Penlan and Morriston leisure centres as well as Quest scuba diving, Sports Direct, Christchurch Primary, the Evening Post and in particular to all of the kind donations from friends, family and strangers who have donated over £500 online when the original target was £100!"

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/ Sarah-Jayne-Herbert1

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