Brother swims half marathon for sister

Joshua and Millie Proudfoot
Joshua and Millie Proudfoot
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A loving brother is swimming a half marathon for his three-year-old sister, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Joshua Proudfoot, who is in Year 8 of St Michael’s CE High School, has delighted his family, school and friends by taking part in many fundraising ventures to raise money for The Legacy Rainbow House.

In his latest efforts, sportsman Joshua, 12, will be swimming an impressive 832 lengths in Brinscall Baths over a ten day period, after coming up with the idea himself.

His mum, Alison Proudfoot, said: “Joshua does everything for his sister.They are extremely close - when Millie was born he used to go and visit her every night and stand next to her incubator and read her his Horrid Henry books. I am very proud of him.”

Joshua aims to raise £1,000 in his swimathon, having already raised over £400.

St Michael’s headteacher, Mrs Heaton, said: “Josh has shown great strength and determination in raising the awareness of the local charity Rainbow House.

“He is a wonderful role model within school, which has encouraged many of our students to follow his example.”

And Hayley Scholes, development manager for Legacy Rainbow House, said: “The dedication Joshua shows in raising money for his little sister Millie to access our services here at The Legacy Rainbow House is exceptional.”

Joshua recently met his idols from Blackburn Rovers after they agreed to give him four VIP tickets for a raffle he and his family are organising.

The prize will be up for grabs at a charity quiz night at the Gillibrand Arms on March 31. To book tickets ring Alison on 07866 899126.