A group of six pupils from Moore Primary School took on the challenge of swimming one mile to raise money for Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity.
The idea originally came from Millie Steele, age nine, who was inspired to do something for charity after taking part in a McMillan fundraiser at school.
She decided that doing a one-mile swim would be not only be a fun way to raise money, but also a huge personal challenge.
School friends Charly Fuller, Izzy Putterill and Neasa and Rowan Hughes, as well as cousin, Ben McLoughlin, all also age nine, wanted to support Millie and the children at the hospital,
and so they joined her in her fundraising efforts.
The group managed to complete the challenge in just under one hour.
So far, they have managed to raise a total of £340 through friends, family and on JustGiving, smashing their original £50 target.
All of the money raised from the event will go to Warrington Hospital’s Children’s Ward.
Helen Higginson, WHH Charity Fundraising Manager, said: “The passion and thoughtfulness of young people within our communities never ceases to amaze me. When children support other children, it makes me very proud of the area in which we live. Millie and five of her friends have taken on the challenge of swimming 1 mile – not an easy thing to do, but they did it and at the same time managed to do something amazing for charity.”
Millie’s mum, Dawn Steele, who works in the hospital’s on-site hair salon, talked of how proud she was of her daughter and friends: “I am super proud that Millie has taken time to think outside the box and consider the poorly children of Warrington. We all had a great time on Sunday morning cheering Millie and her friends on from the sidelines. May we also say a huge thank you to DW Sports in Warrington for their kindness and hospitality. There is still time to donate, so please support Millie and her friends and help them make a difference.”
You can sponsor Millie and friends on JustGiving at justgiving.com/fundraising/millieandfriendsswim