You might think that UK spas are all about chilling out and getting pampered – well you know what, although they are certainly brilliant for that, sometimes you hear a story that just makes you realise there’s more to a spa than expensive facials and bubbling spa pools.
Already a spa lover, Ragdale Hall regular Charlotte Taylor took on Leukaemia and won, and is now getting ready to represent the UK in the World Transplant Games in Sweden over the summer.
Charlotte first visited Ragdale Hall over fifteen years ago when she learned to swim there with instructor and therapist Jon Jarvis. She realised that she loved swimming – and spas, and has been going back every year for a spa break ever since. Charlotte was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and had to undergo a stem cell transplant, and her miraculous recovery from the disease led her back to her favourite sport once again.
After taking part in the British Transplant Games and winning bronze in the 50 metres freestyle in Bath in 2010 (as well as awards for 1500 metres running and table tennis) she was asked to represent the UK in the World Transplant Games which take place this month. Of course, she scheduled in a cheeky visit to Ragdale and asked for swimming technique tips from her old mentor, Jon, who also helped her out with fitness advice. Look out for Charlotte in the games which start on 18 June…You go for it, lady!!