Selfless Sunderland schoolgirl swims 9km to raise more than £1,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Olivia smashed both her swimming and fundraising targets.

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Hetton schoolgirl, Olivia Turnbull, 7, has raised an incredible £1,139 to help sick children in hospital after completing her 8km charity swimming challenge.

Selfless Olivia, who is a member of Chester-le-Street Swimming Club, set herself the target of swimming the 320 length challenge after seeing a post on social media asking for people to join Great Ormond Street’s swimming challenge.

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The hospital specialises pioneering treatments and care for children living with childhood illnesses.

Olivia after completing her swimming challenge.Olivia after completing her swimming challenge.
Olivia after completing her swimming challenge.

Speaking ahead of the challenge Olivia said: "When me and my mam heard about the swimming challenge I wanted to do it to help other children who are poorly.

"I think it's important to help other people.”

Throughout the month of March Olivia took to the water swimming length after length until she smashed both her swimming and fundraising targets.

Over 11 sessions Olivia covered a total distance of 9km and more than doubled her fundraising £500 goal.

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Olivia with her 8km swimming certificate.Olivia with her 8km swimming certificate.
Olivia with her 8km swimming certificate.

Olivia, who attends Hetton Lyons Primary School, said: “I feel proud of myself and great that I’ve helped poorly children who are in hospital. I really enjoyed doing it because I love to swim.” 

Mum, Amy Whiffin, said she was “proud as punch” of Olivia’s efforts.

Amy, 32, said: “When I told Olivia about the challenge she said she wanted to do it so 'other children don't have to suffer' and can hopefully get the medicine and care they need to get out of hospital.

“We would like to thank Hetton Community Pool and Chester le Street ASC for supporting her with her swimming journey and everyone who kindly donated to support Olivia.

“We were overwhelmed to see how much Oilvia raised.”

You can still donate to Olivia’s challenge via the family’s Facebook page.

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