During the summer, Lila A (Year 8) swam over 22 miles to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.
Having set herself a New Year’s Resolution at the start of the year to raise money for the charity, Lila chose to take part in The Macmillan Virtual Channel Swim because of her love of swimming and has raised almost £400.
Swimming in pools around the region, Lila has completed a total of 36 kilometres, just over 22 miles, and even swam some metres in the Olympic Pool in London.
Speaking about the challenge, Lila, said: “I chose to raise money for Macmillan cancer care because of the amazing work they do with people when they are most in need and I wanted to do what I could to try and help this cause.
“I have really enjoyed the challenge and the best part was swimming in the London Olympic Pool, I was quite inspired by this experience, although the water was very cold.”
It took a total of 6 weeks for Lila to complete the mammoth challenge and on some days she swam both a morning and afternoon session.
Lila, whose favourite stroke is breaststroke, has been swimming her whole life but recently joined North Tyneside Swim Club as she wanted to do some more competitive swimming.
Speaking about her daughter’s achievement, mum, Tessa, said: “I am really proud of Lila – she has worked hard and has had some very early mornings in completing her challenge! I am glad she has been able to use her favourite sport as a way to raise some money for this great cause over the summer holidays.”