A schoolboy who suffers from a rare condition which means he is in constant danger of going into shock in cold temperatures has overcome a major hurdle to earn his first swimming badges.
Only six people in the country are known to have the cold urticaria condition which nine-year-old Aidan Smith battles on a daily basis.
It means if the Westcliff Primary School pupil ventures outside without wearing a balaclava or gloves he could break out in a rash or go into anaphylactic shock.
The Gazette first raised awareness of his ordeal last April and later secured a heated swimming pool at The Cliffs Hotel, Blackpool, where he now swims once a week.
And Aidan, of Rossington Avenue, Cleveleys, has now passed his first swimming tests. He said: “It’s been really good to achieve them because I didn’t think I would get to go swimming. I love being able to go swimming and being in the water.”
Aidan has passed his Level One Kellogg’s Award, which taught him swimming techniques, and achieved his 12 metre badge.
Aidan’s mum, Melissa, 33, said: “He has done ever so well and is catching up with children at his school who have been swimming for much longer. It was very emotional to see him get his first badge and I had a lump in my throat.”