Brad’s pride of the pool

10 year-old Bradley Taylor with parents Jason and Lindsay and (below) Len Curtis.

10 year-old Bradley Taylor with parents Jason and Lindsay and (below) Len Curtis.

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A schoolboy swimmer has raised hundreds of pounds to help rebuild a fire-hit home for sick children.

Bradley Taylor, 10, from Handsworth Road, North Shore, swam 50 lengths of Moor Park pool to raise £704 for Donna’s Dreamhouse.

Len Curtis

Len Curtis

The home, which offers holiday’s to sick children, was the victim of an devastating fire in December and was only able to re-open at the beginning of the month.

Bradley, a Bispham Endowed Primary School pupil, said: “I saw the story in the newspaper and thought it was bad so I decided to help out.

“It was good fun but I was relieved when I finished the swim. I was given a special assembly at school where I was brought to the front and everyone was told about what I had done.

“It’s great the money will go towards all the sick children.”

Bradley’s dad Jason Taylor added: “I’m very proud of him and it’s a great amount because I didn’t think he would be able to raise that much.

“He wasn’t very well a couple of hours before but he still managed to do it.”

Donna’s Dreamhouse, on Chapel Street, Blackpool, takes care of 1,500 children and their families every year, offering them holidays in Blackpool and unique chances to enjoy the town.

The fire, which caused major damage, forced the home’s closure while money was raised for repairs to begin.

Len Curtis, who set up the home in memory of his late daughter Donna, praised Bradley for his efforts.

He told The Gazette: “The money will make a big difference because we are now putting the finishing touches to the Dreamhouse and it means we can put some extra special stuff back in their for the kids.

“It will help make sure we can keep the home going because we are now starting to take families in again.

“It is very important because without members of the public we couldn’t afford to look after 1,500 children a year, but now we have the funds to run the home for the next six months.

“Hopefully by the end of next week we will be back up and running and fully operational.”