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Billingham girls rewarded for fundraising efforts
TWO NINE-YEAR-OLD Billingham girls were given medals this week after raising hundreds of pounds for charity in a sponsored swim.
Schoolgirls Anya Cullum and Alex Maddren took to the water and swam a gruelling 174 lengths at Billingham Forum last week.
The keen swimmers beat their 150-length target and raised £380 for Breast Cancer Care in the process.
They were inspired to take up the challenge by family friend and breast cancer sufferer Alison Blyth, 42, who is attempting to raise as much money as possible for the charity that helped her through her struggle with the disease.
Ms Blyth, a hairdresser from Thornaby, had medals made for the girls as a sign of her appreciation.
She said: “It was an absolutely fantastic effort and they did really well. “They were on such a high afterwards and have been to school wearing their medals.
“They do not really understand much about cancer, due to their young age, but that is also what is lovely about what they have done.”
The girls handed over the money at a fundraising day held at Ms Blyth’s Darlington salon, Eden Hair.
The event , which raised around £1,500, featured a cake sale, tombola, raffles and a sponsored leg wax.
Ms Blyth said: “It is a celebration of the business managing to stay open and it is chance to raise money for Breast Cancer Care as the care I have had throughout my treatment has been so amazing."
She thanked friends, family and salon staff for supporting her since her diagnosis earlier this year.
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