Sam Richardson, ten, with his fund-raising sister Holly, 13.

Holly (13) plans two fund-raising events for children’s hospital

Thirteen-year-old Holly Richardson is planning two fund-raising events to help the children’s hospital that looks after her brother.

First of all Holly, who attends Uckfield Community Technology College, is planning a three-mile sponsored swim, and then she is inviting other people to join her at a 12-hour Squashathon.


The teenager, who lives with her parents Frances and Mike, and ten-year-old brother Sam in Olives Meadow, Uckfield, has taken on two swimming challenges in the past to raise money for the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

Sam had an operation for a heart condition there when he was a baby and remains under the hospital’s care.

Holly took part in her first sponsored swim for the Evelina with three friends when she was seven, then when she was nearly ten she swam two miles and raised about £1,300 for the hospital.

Three-mile challenge

Holly enjoys swimming and says taking on the three-mile challenge gives her a reason to swim more often while raising money for a good cause.

She is training once a week at Bede’s School, Upper Dicker, and being encouraged by her two best friends Laura and Alex, who practise with her and will also swim some of the way when she undertakes the challenge on Sunday, September 24.


Two weeks later Holly, on Sunday, October 8, is organising a Squashathon – with the help of squash coach Stephen Holliday and his son Finn – at Nutley squash courts.

It will run for 12 hours and anyone can take part by paying £5 per person for a half-hour slot, or longer if time allows. She is hoping to recruit 48 people to take part.

Holly will also be selling homemade cakes, teas and coffees during the session.

Booking forms are available in Final Score sports shop, at Nutley squash courts and by the courts at Uckfield Leisure Centre.

Proud mum

Holly’s mum Frances says she will be counting the lengths during the sponsored swim.

Three miles will be 193 lengths of the 25 metre pool at Bede’s. Holly hopes to complete the challenge in one-and-a-half to two hours.

Frances said: “I am a very, very proud mum and Holly is a real star.”

If you would like to help Holly with her fund-raising donations can be made via her JustGiving page.

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