YOUNG Jasmin Mitchell thought she was going out shopping with her mum on Saturday – but instead was surprised with an award for raising the most money at last month’s Boxing Day Dip.
The 10-year-old featured in the Mail last month after her outstanding efforts saw her rake in more than £3,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust ahead of the annual dip at Seaton Carew.
The organisers of the event, Hartlepool Round Table, read about Jasmin’s extraordinary achievement in raising such a vast amount and the members all agreed that the Barnard Grove Primary School pupil deserved recognition.
And Jasmin is now the very first recipient of a trophy from the round table honouring the Boxing Day Dip’s biggest individual fundraiser after a presentation in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre at the weekend.
Jasmin’s mum, Nikki Sanderson, 36, said: “I’m immensely proud.
“I don’t think she quite understands just how amazing an achievement it was to raise as much as she did.”
Round table member Graeme Smith contacted Nikki after reading about Jasmin’s efforts in the Mail and told her about the plans to present the youngster with a trophy.
Nikki, a mum-of-four was delighted, but decided to keep it as a surprise to Jasmin and told her they were going out shopping on Saturday.
But the youngster got a surprise when she was greeted by the round table members in the shopping centre before being presented with the trophy and a voucher for £50 to spend in Middleton Grange. Jasmin, from West View, said: “I started fundraising and it was going well and I just kept getting more and more sponsors.
“I didn’t think I would raise as much as I did though.”
Graeme, 42, who lives in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool with wife Amanda and their daughter Hannah, 11, said: “To raise more than £3,000 on her own is a truly amazing achievement, it’s outstanding.
“As soon as we read about it in the Mail we all just thought ‘wow’ and agreed we needed to do something to say well done to Jasmin.
“For anyone to raise as much as that is brilliant, never mind someone who is only 10.”
Jasmin chose the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in support of her two-year-old cousin, Hannah Nelson, who suffers with the condition.
The brave fundraisers who plunged into the icy water on Boxing Day are reminded of the chance to collect their certificate by visiting www.boxingdaydip.org.