York All Saints RC School pupil Bethany Barrett successfully completed the Marie Curie Swimathon 2013 challenge at Yearsley Pool in York.
She raised a whopping £800 after swimming the 5K (3 miles or 110 lengths) in a credible 1 hour and 23 minutes. Bethany raised the money through an on-line petition, collection boxes and sheer hard work, knocking door to door around her local neighbourhood.
Bethany also attended St Aelred’s Church with her collection boxes where the generosity of the parishioners contributed £144. Bethany chose to support Marie Curie Cancer Care because people close to her have been affected by cancer. Both her grandfathers passed away after suffering from the illness, as did one of her neighbours. “I was thrilled and honoured to be selected to help promote the Swimathon,” said Bethany. “Being picked to help promote the event made me want to learn more about the work of Marie Curie.” She added, “I didn’t realise how much difference even the smallest donation can make.” Bethany’s charity work is part of the Christian ethos of All Saints School. Students are encouraged to take part in fund raising events for local and national charities.
Bethany said, “This success has made me want to continue with the charity work, concentrating on Marie Curie. I want to encourage others to help as it makes a huge difference to the lives of the people affected by cancer.”