Beeston woman testing herself to the limit for Macmillan nurses in memory of her uncle

Samantha and her uncle, Malcolm Shaw.

Samantha and her uncle, Malcolm Shaw. - Credit: Archant

A woman from Beeston is testing herself to the limit in a swimming challenge in honour of her uncle who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 58.

Samantha Shaw will take on the 5km Macmillan All Out Swim challenge on Saturday, September 10, as a tribute to the nurses who cared for her uncle, Malcolm Shaw.

Malcolm had been suffering with backache and after seeing his GP in April he was referred to the hospital for an X-ray. He was told he had cancer of the spine and had less than six months to live, with further tests revealing the cancer was also in his lungs, liver, spine and brain.

Unfortunately Malcolm deteriorated rapidly and passed away on June 17.

However Malcolm was determined to enjoy the time he had left and set about completing his bucket list with his family, which included sea fishing just four days before he died.

Malcolm asked Sam to try and raise as much as money as possible for Macmillan, as a way of thanking the charity for the support he received, but he gave her the extra challenge of swimming 5km and swimming her last length butterfly.

Samantha said: “When I was younger I swam for Biggleswade Swimming Club and the Mid Beds Swim Squad. Uncle Malcolm often came to galas to cheer me on. Lots of my special memories with him revolve around swimming galas. He used to call me his little blue fin.

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“He was my ‘number one’ and I’m doing this for him.

“In his words he was ‘blown away’ by the support he received from his Macmillan nurse Chloe. In true uncle Malcolm style he was too busy worrying about other people and his nurse, Chloe helped him focus on him, deal with the diagnosis and his fears.”

Kerry Cunnane, who is Macmillan’s fundraising manager for the event, said: “This is a great way for Sam to raise money for a charity that supported her Uncle, it is also such a lovely and fitting way to honour his memory.

“I can’t wait to watch Sam finish with her butterfly stroke.”

Registration for the 1.5km and 2km distances are still available by searching for All Out Swim Letchworth at

You can sponsor Samantha by visiting