Girl (10) in marathon swim to boost care home

IN AT THE DEEP END -- Amelia Severn with her swimming award
IN AT THE DEEP END -- Amelia Severn with her swimming award

A TEN-year-old Hucknall girl has dived into the hearts of residents at a care home in the town — by completing a fundraising 3,000-metre swim.

AMELIA SEVERN, of Common Lane, took on the marathon challenge at Hucknall Leisure Centre.

Initially, it was to gain her badge for completing a distance of 3,000 metres. But the youngster decided to raise money for charity into the bargain. And she chose to back the Annesley Lodge Care Home on Annesley Road.

Her mum, Kay Dabbs, is a mobile hairdresser who works at the care home. Kay’s uncle, Harry Martin, was also a resident there until he died in 2001.

To qualify for completing the swim, Amelia, who goes to Leen Mills Primary School in Hucknall, was not allowed to touch the sides or push off the pool wall.

She also had to use at least two strokes. She chose front crawl and backstroke and completed 120 lengths in one hour and 17 minutes.

When all the money is collected from sponsors, Amelia looks likely to have raised more than £200 for Annesley Lodge.

The cash will go towards paying for residents to go on days out and will be presented by Amelia at a later date.

A proud Kay said: “Amelia decided to do the fundraising off her own bat.

“She had completed every swimming badge from five metres up to 2,000 metres and wanted to go for the next milestone.

“It is a pretty amazing achievement, especially for a ten-year-old. I don’t know where she gets it from. There is no history of swimming in the family.”

Amelia doesn’t currently swim for a club but has ambitions of joining Hucknall Falcon.

She has been swimming for only three years and has lessons at the leisure centre on Linby Road.

Karen Hutson, business manager at Annesley Lodge, said: “I would just like to offer a big thankyou to Amelia for all her efforts on behalf of the residents.”