THREE sisters from Runcorn are challenging themselves to swim 400 lengths to raise money for Stick 'n' Step as part of the regional charity's Swim400 fundraising initiative.

The trio's mum Anita is a classroom assistant at Stick 'n' Step's Runcorn Centre, working with children who have cerebral palsy.

Twenty-year-old Rebecca is also a volunteer at the centre on York Street and has seen firsthand the amazing results that Stick 'n' Step's conductive education classes have on the children attending regular sessions.

Along with her sisters, Andrea, 20, and Bianca, 13, Rebecca has set a target of raising a minimum of £500 from their swim challenge to purchase essential classroom equipment for the children.

Swim400 is a sponsored event that aims both to raise funds and also awareness of the face that one in every 400 people in UK has cerebral palsy.

To take part, supporters are asked to set their own challenge, whether it's to swim 400 metres, 400 lengths or for 400 minutes.

The challenge can be taken up individually or as part of a team, and can take place over one or several visits to a pool before the end of August.

Stick 'n' Step offers support to children with cerebral palsy and their families.

The charity provides children with totally free of charge conductive education sessions weekly or twice weekly at the charity's Wallasey and Runcorn centres.

For more information on how to take part in Swim400 visit or email Janet Ratcliffe on

To donate to Rebecca, Andrea and Bianca's cause visit