A Doncaster school girl has taken to the swimming pool and raised £142 for St John’s Hospice in memory of her Nana.
Natalie Bisby, aged 13, swam 110 lengths (2750m) non-stop at Adwick Leisure Centre in her spare time completing her sponsored fundraise in 58 minutes.
Natalie’s Nana, Ann Bisby, was a former patient at the hospice for respite care during her treatment for cancer. Sadly, later that year she passed away.
A passionate swimmer, Ann gave a lot of her time towards coaching swimmers in Doncaster. She made sure that both of her grandchildren were confident swimmers. Natalie took up swimming at the age of five and was just 12-years-old when she completed her sponsored swim.
Natalie said: “I wanted to do something in memory of my Nana and to say thank you to the hospice. I put my training to the test and swam 110 lengths of the pool. It was the longest I’ve ever swam non-stop. I was tired but I felt very proud of my achievement. My family were there to cheer me on.”
Lindsey Richards, St John’s Hospice Fundraiser, said: ‘It’s great that someone of such a young age helped to raise money for the hospice, Natalie’s Nana would be proud of her.”