Bury girl Phoebe swims three miles for Children in Need
Phoebe Mousley-Hastings is in her element when she is swimming so it is the natural way for her to join in the BBC Children In Need fund raising each year.
But the 13-year-old from Bury St Edmunds is not one to sit on her laurels so each year she sets herself a longer distance to swim at the Abbeycroft Leisure Centre pool.
She began three years ago at a mile, then it was two miles and last Friday it was three, which she did in an hour and 53 minutes and has raised more than £415.
Meanwhile, her supporters did a 1.5 hour spinathon on one of the centre’s exercise bike and raised £100.
Phoebe’s mum Debbie Hastings said: “I’m really really proud – she’s amazing.
“She needs to help others because she can do something to help.
“She says she has everything she needs and some children have nothing.”
Phoebe used to have a language disorder, which she has overcome.
Debbie said: “She is a happy, kind hearted, beautiful little girl who found swimming helps her to clear her mind – she found it to be a place where she can be herself.
“Phoebe is an inspiration to us all.”
What make her effort even more amazing is that she had been feeling under the weather all week but was still determined to do the swim.
On her Just Giving page, Phoebe wrote: “I just want to help others especially children who may be sick or just haven’t got the things I have.
“I am lucky I have my family , friends , school and swimming that all help me to overcome my own struggles.
“Swimming is my passion when I swim I can be myself it’s takes away all my problems
“Everyone should have a chance to be themselves no matter what.”
You can boost Phoebe’s fund raising by donating at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Phoebemousleyhastings