Date dream fulfilled: 28/05/2017
Summary: “We can't thank you enough! Summer was absolutely in her element and Michelle was lovely. Summer has been through so much lately but she enjoyed her dream so much that she’s now saying she wants to move Bournemouth! Thank you ever so much.” Kay, Summer’s Mum.
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Summer is 23 years old and lives in Suffolk. Summer has a number of medical conditions which require a variety of treatments. Summer has a long term bladder condition which means she has to have electrical acupuncture and monthly injections to ease the constant pain she is in however Summer is scared of needles which makes the visits to the doctor even more daunting. Summer also has to cope with a bowel condition and autism. The various conditions Summer has means that she does not get much sleep because she is in pain a lot of the time and the autism can cause her anxiety and stress. It is a lot for a young person to deal with.
Summer loves swimming and her dream was to swim like a real life mermaid.
Summer travelled down to Bournemouth to the Mayim Mermaid Academy. Michelle “Mer-shell”, the director of the company, donated her time to teach Summer the ways of the mermaid world. Summer learnt breathing techniques, underwater acrobatics and the art of posing like a mermaid! Summer was a ‘born mermaid’ and super confident in the water. Mermaid swimming is a cross between synchronised swimming and free diving that involves swimming with legs enclosed in a “mermaid tail fin". Free divers swim for as long as possible on a single breath and Summer can swim for an incredible amount of time without coming up for air!
After their session Michelle took Summer down to Bournemouth beach for a mermaid photoshoot. The young children at the beach were fascinated to see Summer the real life mermaid. At the end of the day a very proud Summer was presented with a certificate of her level 2 mermaid qualification, something that normally takes weeks of classes to achieve.
Summer loved it so much that she went back the next day and did it all over again!
“We can't thank you enough! Summer was absolutely in her element and Michelle was lovely. Summer has been through so much lately but she enjoyed her dream so much that she’s now saying she wants to move Bournemouth! Thank you ever so much.” Kay, Summer’s Mum.