Nine-year-old Holly Richardson smiles throughout her two-mile sponsored swim.

Nine-year-old Holly completes two-mile sponsored swim

Well done Holly. The massive chocolate and strawberry cake baked especially for nine-year-old Holly Richardson says it all.

For the youngster had just completed a two-mile-swim and raised nearly £1,300 – more than twice as much as her target – for a hospital that helps her brother.

Nine-year-old Holly Richardson with a massive cake baked in her honour to celebrate completion of a two-mile sponsored swim.

Nine-year-old Holly Richardson with her celebratory cake made courtesy of Buxted Inn.

This was the first time she had tackled the distance and she completed it by swimming lengths of a pool in one hour and forty minutes.

Mum Frances told yesterday: “She was absolutely amazing and completed the whole distance with a smile on her face. At the end she looked as though she could have carried on and when we got home she went straight on the trampoline.”

Holly, who attends Rocks Park Primary School, in Uckfield, was inspired to take on the challenge by her seven-year-old brother Sam who has been under the care of the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London since undergoing a heart procedure just after he was born.

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Holy Richardson with brother Sam.

Friends swam a few lengths with Holly, Sam was with her for one-and-a-half lengths and her family and more friends cheered her on from the poolside as she undertook the challenge on Saturday.

All the money raised will go to the hospital and Holly has already been onto her JustGiving page to thank everybody who sponsored her.

Frances said: “She is well aware of what a big thing it was for people to sponsor her and we are all very grateful to everybody who has supported her, including her swimming teacher Emma Heather.”

Frances added: “I can’t tell you how proud I am of Holly. It is amazing that she even thought of doing some fund-raising, and then to set herself such a big target. She had never swum anywhere near that distance but has been training every single week.”

The fabulous cake was made for Holly courtesy of the Buxted Inn.

Read more about the way Holly’s brother inspired her to do the sponsored swim here: Brother inspires nine-year-old Uckfield girl’s fund-raising effort.

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Ready for her big challenge. Holly Richardson raised nearly £1,300 through her sponsored swim.

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