A PERDISWELL youngster kept his head above water and made a splash to raise more than £1,000 for St Richard’s Hospice.
Jay Ingram’s sponsored swim saw him supported by more than 20 family and friends on May 1 to swin one mile (64 lengths) in one hour 14 minutes.
The nine-year-old’s support of the hospice came about following the care his aunt, Mel Baker received before her death in 2014
A seasoned fund-raiser, Jay previously raised £500 for a sponsored silence in 2015 and £900 for a sponsored walk last year, all in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.
The Perdiswell Primary School pupil took on the challenge despite finding swimming a struggle and decided he wanted to challenge himself as well as raise funds for a charity very close to his heart.
“I am really proud of my swim and the time I did it in,” Jay added.
“It was a challenge and I really had to push myself from length 50, but with my mummy pushing along the way and cheers from family and friends, I did it!
“Thank you to everyone who supported me, both with donations and cheering me on the day. I look forward to thinking about my challenge next year,” he added.
During training he swam up to 50 lengths a week and Jay’s mum, Sabrina Ingram, swam alongside him on the day.
“Words can’t express how proud we are of Jay,” she said.
“He is such a caring and kind-hearted boy. He pushed himself the whole way and has really gone the extra mile!
“We are also overwhelmed with the support Jay has received. This is our way of thanking St Richard’s for the care Mel received,” she added.
Jodi Brandwood, fund-raiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said : “We are absolutely thrilled with the amazing effort from Jay on his sponsored swim!
“He is a very special young boy and we would like to thank everyone who has sponsored him, which, in turn, helps us care for others at the end of their lives.
“We look forward to supporting him in future fundraisers. Well done Jay,” she added.