Tilly one of the youngest to take on challenge

Tilly Richmond and her father Stewart.
Tilly Richmond and her father Stewart.

A youngster from Market Weighton has taken the plunge to raise funds for a veterinary charity.

Tilly Richmond travelled to Lake Windermere with her father Stewart to take part in the Great North Swim. The 12-year-old, who attends The Market Weighton School, completed a half mile swim, which is further than she had ever swam in open water before.

Her efforts have helped raise £470 for the PDSA so far.

Stewart said: “This was a big achievement for her as she has been training for the event for a few months now, including the open water swimming at Allerthorpe Lake in temperatures of 12 to 13 degrees centigrade. Fortunately the water temperature in Lake Windermere was a very pleasant 20 degrees centigrade, although it got choppy with waves at times. Tilly did really well and pushed herself to complete the half mile swim.

“She was one of the youngest people ever to take on the challenge. There were a handful of children taking part. We swam the half mile course together. She did really well and can’t wait to enter again next year. All her family and friends are very proud of her.”

Tilly finished the day with a treetop trek and high wire zip line, which was a special treat to celebrate her success. She had the full support of her family, friends and the PDSA.

She decided to fundraise for the PDSA after their vet undertook emergency surgery on her cat Hector last year to remove an infected eyeball. At the time her mum had lost her job and could not afford a private vet. It would have been cheaper to put him to sleep, but the PDSA operated and saved Hector’s life.Further details of her fundraising can be found at: www.justgiving.com/minikin.