Aunt’s cancer prompts Alex to dive in for charity swim
YOUNG Alex Bridge has jumped in at the deep end to raise money for a cause close to his heart.
The 10-year-old, from Toddington, was devastated when he found out his aunt and godmother Sue White was losing her long-term battle with bowel cancer.
He vowed to do something – so swam a mile to raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
He completed the feat in 33 minutes and 20 seconds, succeeding in raising more than £2,600 for the charity.
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The Isbourne Valley Primary School pupil said: “Auntie Sue has had such a long battle with her illness and is really poorly.
“I wanted to do this swim to take on a challenge of my own and to honour her.”
Alex, a member of the Cheltenham and Gloucester water polo team, had never previously swum so far.
He was joined by pals at Aqua Zone swimming, at St Edward’s School in Cheltenham, with 17 other youngsters at the swimming class taking part. His parents Julia and Roger Bridge and younger brother Daniel watched with pride as Alex powered through the water.
Julia said: “He wanted to help out in any way he could.”
Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses provide care and emotional support for patients in their own homes.
Mum-of-two Sue, who lives in Hampshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010.
She has declined further treatment in a bid to make the most of her remaining months.
To make a donation to Alex’s charity bid go to justgiving.com/julia-bridge