Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Adam Peaty‘s fundraiser for coronavirus relief, which included a raffle to win a swimsuit he used at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, has collected over £13000 ($16,000) for the National Health Service (NHS).
The NHS is the United Kingdom’s publicly-funded healthcare system, and while the raffle has been drawn, funds can still be donated. Tickets for the raffle cost £10 each ($12.45).
RAFFLE CLOSED! The lucky winner is Lisa with ticket C479DCB9-1817C684 C9D2AD96-0A547795. You’ll be contacted directly. Thankyou so much everyone you helped raise over £13000 with this raffle alone! Another £4000 on @Ryan_Richo fundraising page! All to the NHS 🙏🏼👏🏼
— Adam Peaty MBE (@adam_peaty) April 10, 2020
The winner of the suit was named “Lisa,” who now collects the jammer that Peaty wore when he won his first Olympic gold medal. The victory came in Rio in the 100-meter breaststroke where Peaty broke a World Record in the process with a 57.13.
The effort was part of a two-leg fundraiser by the 25-year old swimmer that also included a 100 kilometer ride on a stationary bike as part of a virtual bike race that was more than 500 strong. Boxer Callum Johnson also participated in that fundraiser, which was spearheaded by Ryan Richardson.
Richardson’s fundraiser, as of publishing has raised an additional £4,203 ($5,231) for the NHS.
The money will go to support NHS staff and volunteers who are working to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, which among many others infected former Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh.
The UK so far reports over 74,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection which has led to 8,958 deaths. That is the 5th-most deaths of any country reported in the world behind the U.S., Italy, Spain, and France.