A YOUNGSTER with a heart of gold has organised her own fundraiser to help sick children.
Jessica Hodge, who attends St Anne’s primary school, in Ormskirk, has raised just over £600 for Alder Hey Hospital through a sponsored one-mile swim.
Jessica, 10, from County Road, Ormskirk, said: “We had a fundraiser at school and then I decided that I wanted to do something myself to raise money.
“I decided to raise money for Alder Hey after seeing adverts for the children’s hospital at the local bowling green.”
Jessica undertook the challenge at Ormskirk’s Park Pool, were she is also a member Ormskirk Otters swimming club, on Sunday, January 5, and managed to complete the mile in 54 minutes.
Despite taking on a massive challenge for a ten-year-old, Jessica said she wasn’t really nervous about her swim. Her mum, Denise Hodge, 41, said: “Unbeknown to us when we got home from the bowling green, Jess had gone onto the laptop and researched Alder Hey, when she saw it was for sick children she wanted to do something to help.”
Denise said Jessica’s brother Joshua, 17, helped Jessica to set up a donations page on justgiving.com in order for people to sponsor her swim. She also had sponsorship forms and a fundraising T-shirt sent out to her after registering her planned fundraiser.
Denise said: “When she decided to swim a mile I was a little bit worried as to whether she would be able to do it or if it would be too much with it being a mile, but I go swimming every day so she just came to the pool with me and we gradually built up the amount of swimming and she coped really well.”
Park Pool cornered off a lane for Jessica to use on the day as she swam the mile in front of her mum, dad, brother and grandparents.
Denise said: “Jessica didn’t really want a big audience for her swim and I think it would have made her understandably nervous.”
Jessica hopes to visit the hospital within the next couple of weeks to present her donation.