Melton woman with Down’s Syndrome takes on triathlon challenge to help seriously and terminally ill children

Alison Bailey (41), who has Down's Syndrome, is taking part in a mini triathlon event at Melton's Waterfield Leisure Centre on July 29 to raise funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation EMN-150713-180900001

Alison Bailey (41), who has Down's Syndrome, is taking part in a mini triathlon event at Melton's Waterfield Leisure Centre on July 29 to raise funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation EMN-150713-180900001

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A woman from Melton who has Down’s Syndrome is taking on a mini triathlon challenge to help a charity which grants the wishes of seriously and terminally ill children.

Alison Bailey (41) will be doing a swim, bike ride and fast walk at Melton’s Waterfield Leisure Centre on July 29.

Alison, who lives in supported accommodation on Lake Terrace and who has been a Melton Mencap service user for nine years, said she’s looking forward to her challenge.

She decided she wanted to do something to help poorly children after watching an episode of The Jeremy Kyle television show.

She said: “I’m very excited about doing it, I can’t wait.”

Alison, who is a good swimmer and enjoys being part of the Melton Mencap and Gateway Monday Swimming Club at the Waterfield, is raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

She has previously helped out at Melton’s Birch Wood School and Age UK at Gloucester House.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Alison can call one of her support workers, Jo Pearson, on 07903 945942.