Avril swims a mile despite the cramp!

Avril Braithwaite hopes to have raised �500 for our Hospice Heroes appeal with her sponsored swim.
Avril Braithwaite hopes to have raised �500 for our Hospice Heroes appeal with her sponsored swim.
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The grandma of a Brian House patient has raised £400 for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign by completing a sponsored swim.

Avril Braithwaite managed to complete 78 lengths of the pool at Palatine Leisure Centre - a total of one mile and a quarter.

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

Her aim was to do a mile.

Avril, 66, said: “I actually got cramp, otherwise I would have been able to carry on and do more lengths.

“At least I did more than I set out to do, but I know I could have done more.”

Avril, of Ash Street, Blackpool, is still waiting for some sponsorship to come through, and says she may reach £500 for our appeal.

Our appeal aims to raise £200,000 for a much needed refurbishment of both Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

The money will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to build more single rooms at Trinity and generally refurbish the 28-year-old building, as well as renovating Brian House to make it brighter and safer for the children who go there.

It comes as one of Avril’ s granddaughters is receiving care at the facility on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

She added: “I wish to thank Palatine Leisure Centre for their support and for letting me use a swimming lane for free

“They have been very good to me.”

To see how you can help call (01253) 359210.

DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR GET INVOLVED ARE LISTED ON OUR DEDICATED HOSPICE HEROES PAGE.