A determined Cliftonville primary pupil is one of the top five per cent of fundraisers on the Justgiving charity site for 2013. Lily, in Year 6, raised £1,560 for Cancer Research by completing a three-mile swim at Hartsdown pool.
Lily decided to raise the cash after her next-door neighbour Peter and her Auntie Sima were both diagnosed with the disease. She can up with the idea of the swim after being inspired by a visit to the school from Olympic swimming champion Chris Cook. The school is working with Chris as part of the Olympic Legacy programme.
Lily's mum Amanda said: “She organised it all with only a bit of help because of seeing people she loves diagnosed with cancer. She said she wanted to help the charity find a cure.”
In November, Lily, then 10, swum 192 lengths of the pool in one hour and forty-one minutes. Her mum, who is a senior teaching assistant at Cliftonville Primary School, said: “I thought this was quite an achievement. She didn’t even stop for a drink. Her fundraising target was £300 but she went well over that and we have just received a letter from Justgiving, where I set her site up, saying she is in their top five per cent. I’m really impressed and would like to thank the school, family, Margate swimming club - where she is a member -friends and Chris Cook who were all really supportive and Hartsdown for letting her have the swimming lane for free.”
Lily is now planning a new fundraiser for next year.