A YOUNG swimmer went the extra mile to raise money for dedicated staff who cared for her grandad before he died of a stroke.
Aimee Lunn, 11, swam 64 lengths – the equivelant to one mile - at the Wath Leisure Centre pool in memory of grandad Geoffrey who died aged 60 in 2007.
The Brampton Ellis Junior School pupil was very close to the former Cortonwood pit manager and managed to rasie £300 for the staff at The Stroke Unit at Rotherham Hospital who treated him.
Aimee’s mum Michaela, 36, of Browning Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, said: “She did fantastic and we are so proud of her.
“We had quite a few family members pool side to cheer her on.
“She was a little nervous beforehand and was worried she wouldn’t be able to complete the distance.
“But she did it very quickly in under an hour. I couldn’t have done that no way.
“For about the last 15 lengths she kept saying another one done.
“She said afterwards that she was very tired and wanted to go home for her tea.”
Aimee was not a particularly strong swimmer before she decided to take on the challenge.
To prepare, she joined a swimming club at Hoyland Leisure Centre and has spent weeks working on her technique in the lanes of the pool.
Michaela said: “She is a really strong swimmer now and really enjoys being in the water.
“Her technique has improved no end since she started doing the serious training.”
She added that her daughter was especially close to her grandad, whom she saw as a father figure.
“She was so close to him and his death came as a shock to everyone.
“He had an irregular heart beat which he didn’t know about.
“He died only ten days after having a stroke.
“Aimee wanted to do something just to say thank you to the people that looked after him before he died.
“To raise £300 is a great amount and the money is still coming in.
“Anyone who would like to make a donation then please get in touch with us.
“The money is going to a great
cause for the staff at the stroke unit , who work tirelessly.
“We are so grateful to everyone
who has supported Aimee and I want to say a big thank you to all of
our friends, family and well wishers.”
Anyone who would like to make a
donation please contact the family by email at firstname.lastname@example.org