Uckfield brother and sister Jack and Molly Carter have more than tripled their fund-raising target after taking on cycling and swimming challenges to help achieve a dream for other children.
Molly completed her challenge in January when she swam 120 lengths of the swimming pool at Uckfield Leisure Centre and Jack completed his at the weekend when he cycled 17.5 miles from Uckfield to Chailey Heritage and back again.
Jack was supported by his friend Alexander Greenwood, his mother Jen and Alexander’s father Jon on the trip and Jen said afterwards: “The boys did amazingly well in difficult conditions as the wind was strong and the route was very hilly.
“We had some laughs and groans, but I’m proud of what they’ve achieved. It took us two hours and 20 minutes.”
There’s more money to come in because Jack sought sponsors for his cycle ride.
Jen, Jack and Molly live on the Rocks Park Estate and the children attend Rocks Park School.
They took on their challenges because they wanted to help raise funds for the DREAM Centre Appeal at Chailey Heritage Foundation.
This will replace, and double the size of, an ageing assembly hall and include a 4D immersive experience – a sensory area which will simulate real world environments enabling the children to travel virtually to different countries.
The fund-raising target for Chailey Heritage is £2,600,000 – £1,881,032 has been collected so far – and Jack and Molly heard about the appeal through their mother who works as a TA in the secondary department there.
Jen showed the children a video – see below – about the appeal and both immediately said they would like to do something to help and set about planning the details with the help of their mum.
Molly wanted to beat her then one-mile swimming distance (64 lengths of the Uckfield pool) and decided to aim for 100 lengths. She went on to complete 120 lengths.
Jack who had only cycled as far as Isfield and back (nine miles) said he wanted to cycle from Uckfield to Chailey Heritage and return.
If you would like to help boost the fund-raising please see the family’s JustGiving page.
Read here about Molly completing her swimming challenge
Uckfield News story on Monday, January 30, 2017: Eight-year-old fund-raiser Molly Carter successfully completed 100 lengths of of the swimming pool at Uckfield Leisure Centre on Saturday – and then went on to complete 20 more.
Molly had set herself the time of an hour and a half for the original challenge and finished with four minutes to spare but then carried on swimming. Her mother Jen swam with her the whole way.
• If you would like to help Jack and Molly with their fund-raising for the DREAM Centre Appeal please see their joint JustGiving page.