Schoolgirl’s big swim will help third world kids
SCHOOLGIRL Hannah McGill, 15, completed a four-kilometre swimming challenge to raise funds for international children charity, Smile Train.
Hannah, a pupil at Poynton High School, carried out her swim at the New Mills Leisure centre.
So far she has raised more than £130 for the charity, which supports children born with a cleft lip and palate across the developing world.
In the UK, a child born with cleft is usually treated very early in life through the NHS, with limited ongoing issues, however many children in developing countries do not get the treatment, which results in a range of issues including having difficulty eating and breathing, being denied access to education and being shunned by their family and community.
Hannah felt inspired to fundraise on behalf of Smile Train after reading about the plight of such children and wanted to help raise awareness of the cause.
Having only recently taken up swimming, she has been training hard over the past few weeks in order to build up her strength and stamina.
The funds she has raised will go towards providing children in third world countries with free cleft lip and palate surgery.
Hannah Weston, community fundraising manager, at Smile Train UK, said: “All funds raised by Hannah’s fantastic efforts will go directly to transforming the lives of children across the third world – helping to provide them with 100percent free cleft repair surgery and create a new smile.”
Hannah’s 4k swim raised cash to help third world youngsters with cleft lip and palate