School­girl’s big swim will help third world kids

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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