Youngster embarks on swimming challenge

Bradley Taylor, 10, who is set to take part in a sponsored swim.

Bradley Taylor, 10, who is set to take part in a sponsored swim.

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A CARING youngster is embarking on a mammoth charity swim to raise money for seriously ill children.

Bradley Taylor, 10, from Handsworth Road, North Shore, will undertake 50 lengths of Moor Park swimming pool in Bispham to raise hundreds of pounds for Donna’s Dreamhouse.

An arson probe was launched after a blaze at the Blackpool charity just days before Christmas.

The fire destroyed part of the Chapel Street building as well as Christmas presents for the children and pictures and mementoes of Donna Curtis – in whose memory the charity was set up.

After a massive influx of goodwill from members of the public, building work has already begun to repair the damage.

Bradley, a Bispham Endowed Primary School pupil, found out about the charity’s plight in The Gazette and has set about raising funds for the swim which will take place on March 12.

He said: “I want to help charities any way I can and when I found out about Donna’s Dreamhouse I decided to help them. I thought it was very bad what had happened and I knew straight away I wanted to help.

“I know they are trying to raise a lot of money to re-build it and I think this is a good thing to do.”

Bradley started swimming at aged three and has so far raised £230 to go towards re-building the charity’s home.

His father Jason Taylor, 34, encourages all of his sons to try to help charitable causes whenever they can.

He added: “His little brother Thomas wasn’t so well when he was born and was in and out of Alder Hey Hospital so he started wanting to raise money for them.

“I think it’s nice he wants to do it and ever since he heard about he has set his heart on trying to help.

“He’s trying to get as much money as possible to help the children and it’s quite amazing.”

Donna’s Dreamhouse helps give respite to terminally ill children and their families, giving them a well deserved break in Blackpool.