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Holly, 9, makes splash for charity cash
7:40am Wednesday 23rd May 2012 in News
NINE-year-old Holly Tandy Smith made a splash by swimming 66 lengths of a swimming pool to raise cash in memory of a close family friend.
Holly, a pupil at St Catherine’s School in Kidderminster, took part in a sponsored swim in the town, raising £355 for Worcester-based St Richard’s Hospice.
The youngster took on the challenge to raise funds in memory of Gary Silcock, who lived close by. Mr Silcock, who received care from St Richard’s Hospice, died aged 56. He had lived in Kidderminster all his life and worked at SDF in the town as an engineer.
Eight swimmers took part in the sponsored event, organised by Tracey Darkes of Neptune Learn to Swim, all choosing their own charities.
Holly’s father, Rob said: “Her mum, Jane, and I are really proud of Holly and her swim. Holly chose St Richard’s as Gary was a close friend of ours, whom she spent a lot of time with. He was her ‘big mate Gaz’. We also knew how well he was cared for when it was time for him to stay at St Richard’s.”
St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families.
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