Lois goes to some lengths to help friend
Smashes personal best
A Cambuslang schoolgirl who wanted to help raise money for her best friend’s sister by completing a sponsored swim smashed her personal best.
Last moth, the Reformer told the story of two-year-old Elsie How, who suffers from the rare genetic disorder trichothiodystrophy (TTD).
Her sister, Evie’s, best friend, Lois Jones, both 8, was determined to do something for the family.
So on May 26, she swam 32 lengths at Castlemilk Swimming Pool, raising over £700 for Elsie’s Just Giving page in the process.
The money will now go towards their target of £10,000, some of which will go to charity and the rest will be kept to help Elsie with treatment options as she gets older.
Elsie’s mum, Michelle, was amazed at Lois’s efforts on the day.
She said: “She was aiming for 30 lengths but when she got there she wanted to do five more and managed two.
“She was magnificent. She had some supporters in the pool keeping her going and we were in the stands supporting her.
“The kids were all cheering her on and some people in the pool even donated when they found out what she was doing.”
TTD is a life-limiting condition that can affect people in different ways, but often leaves sufferers with abnormal reactions to light.
Elsie was set to start sight rehabilitation last week and Michelle says she is “progressing”.
In the meantime, she is having to get used to fame after she appeared in the Reformer.
Michelle laughed: “We’ve been stopped in the street with people recognising Elsie. We were at Evie’s school fun day at Hallside and we had a lot of nice people just saying hi.
“The teachers at Hallside also raised some money and they have been so supportive.
“We also had lots of nice comments when the story appeared on the All About Cambuslang Facebook page.”
Water great day Elsie and sister Evie, right, cannot believe how many lengths Evie’s best pal Lois, to Elsie’s left, swam to raise money