Seby is hoping to make a splash in memory of his grandad through challenge
PUBLISHED: 08:35 18 January 2019
A nine-year old who set out to raise £30 with a sponsored swim for Cancer Research, has already raised £500 before he has even dived into the water.
Seby Banham is planning to swim a mile at Dunmow Leisure Centre on Saturday, February 2 in memory of his late grandfather, Trevor Hopkins, a former chairman of Dunmow Town Council who died of cancer aged just 50.
While Seby is tackling the 64 lengths of the pool, his brothers and sister, Lucas, Lottie and Noah will be in the foyer selling sweets and homemade cakes made by his grandma and her family and friends to add to the funds.
Seby was inspired by his grandma Mary’s coffee morning in October, which raised money for the charity. Seby said: “Granny raised £400 and I thought it would be nice to get some more money in memory of my Grandpa Trevor. I never got to meet him as he died a long time before I was born. but I am going to raise as much money as I can to beat cancer in his memory.”
Mr Hopkins, who died aged 50 in June 2000, was a prominent member of the town. He became a councillor in 1984 and became chairman of Dunmow Town Council in 1998 but stepped down a year later because of ill health.
He was also chairman of both the Round Table and the Table’s follow-on group, the 41 Club. (Round Table members leave at the age of 40).
He was also known as a businessman. He followed his father into the family firm of Butchers Electrical in Dunmow High Street.
Seby’s grandma Mary, now Mary Clarke, a former maths teacher at Chelmsford High School, said: “Trevor was very active in the creation of the Dourdan Centre, the tennis courts and the island on the Doctors Pond. Selby didn’t know his grandfather but is always very interested in hearing about him and after my coffee morning, he said he wanted to raise money for Cancer Research too.
To donate to support Seby’s fundraising for Cancer Research UK, go to: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/sebys-sponsored-swim.