Katie raises vital funds

Swimmer Katie Quinn, 11, hands over money to Hartlepool and District Hospice fundraiser Janice Forbes after completing 200 lengths of a swimming pool to aid the charity.
Swimmer Katie Quinn, 11, hands over money to Hartlepool and District Hospice fundraiser Janice Forbes after completing 200 lengths of a swimming pool to aid the charity.

A DEDICATED primary school pupil made a splash for cash as she supported a vital town charity.

Katie Quinn swam more than one a half miles in her efforts to raise money for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The motivated 11-year-old clocked up a mammoth 2,440 metres in the pool at Dyke House Sports and Technology College.

With nine years of swimming experience behind her, Katie was well equipped for the challenge – and was delighted to be able to hand over £131 to the hospice.

“Our family know a few people who have sadly had cancer and they have been cared for at the hospice so I just wanted to do something to say thanks,” said kindhearted Katie.

“I didn’t really know how much I would raise, I didn’t have a target but I definitely didn’t think I would raise as much as £131.”

Katie was sponsored by her generous friends and family as well as her fellow members at AquaForce Swimming Academy.

And she hasn’t ruled out doing even more fundraising for the Wells Avenue-based hospice in the future.

Katie, who lives in the Naisberry Park area of town with her parents, Alison and Andrew, and older brother Daniel, 21, added: “I don’t know what I will do to raise more money in the future but it would be good to do another fundraiser.”

Overjoyed hospice staff thanked Katie for her excellent efforts in support of the cause.

All of the cash raised will be put towards maintaining the specialist palliative care services the facility offers to the people of Hartlepool and East Durham.

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “Katie is a great example of how young people can support the hospice and become involved in their local community.

“What a brilliant achievement for Katie; she should be very proud of herself.”

Young people who would like to support the hospice can call Janice on (01429) 855536 or email jforbes@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.

For information about upcoming fundraising events for the charity visit www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.