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Schoolgirl's swimathon in memory of Dad

A schoolgirl from Blackburn will take on a mile-long swim for the hospice who cared for her Dad.

Megan Fishwick lost her Dad Mark the day before her 6th birthday. She decided she was going to raise money for East Lancashire Hospice who cared for him and helped her family.

Mark was 48 when he lost his battle with kidney cancer. He was diagnosed in March 2008 and died in August of the same year. The hospice helped him and his family during this time also and provided counselling for Megan and Mum Susan following Mark’s death.

Megan who is a pupil at St Michael’s School in Chorley thought about a swimming challenge as she enjoys the sport but had never swam a mile. She attends swimming classes at Waves each Friday and the rest of the class will be there to cheer her on during her challenge, along with members of her family.

The twelve-year-old of Sutton St, Feniscowles said: “The hospice did a lot for my me and my family when my Dad was dying. They made sure that it was easy for my Mum and Dad to tell their 5 year old daughter that her Daddy had cancer and was going to die. Now it’s my turn to help them.”

Mum Susan said her Dad would have approved of Megan’s fundraising idea: “I’m very proud of her as she’s taken it upon herself to come up with the idea to raise funds by swimming. She first mentioned the idea before Christmas and I didn’t want to push her so suggested she waited until the new year to do it. But she’s run with it and I’m just here to support her. The hospice really helped us with Mark and the help continued after he died as we both had counselling which really helped us. Her Dad would be so proud of her. He was a keen swimmer so I think that’s where she gets it from. Mark was very popular so we’ve had brilliant support from everyone.”

Megan has already raised over £400 in total but would love to reach £500.

She added: “Every milestone I’ve reached has been brilliant. I wanted to raise £100 at first and when I got there it was fantastic. Even the people at Waves have been supportive and have been collecting for me too. Now it’s over £400, to get to £500 for the hospice would be amazing!”

 Hospice fundraiser Kimberley Hall said: “Megan is a very determined young lady who wanted to do something special to remember her Dad and raise much-needed funds for the hospice. We are grateful and proud of her brilliant fundraising efforts so far and are sure she will reach her goal of raising £500 and we wish her well for her swim.”

Megan’s swim will take place on Friday March 13 at the new Blackburn Sport andLeisure Centre where there is a donation box for Megan’s challenge. You can also donate online at www.­justgiving.­com/­Megan-Fishwick