A GROUP of primary school pupils have raised hundreds of pounds for the children’s ward at Warrington Hospital with a sponsored swim.

Six nine-year-old pupils at Moore Primary School took part in the one-mile swim at Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity on Sunday, February 3.

Completing the challenge at DW Sports in Warrington town centre in just under an hour, the group smashed their original target of £50 by raising a total of £340 - monies that will go towards the children’s ward.

The sponsored swim was the idea of Millie Steele, whose mum Dawn works in the on-site salon at Warrington Hospital.

She was inspired to help the charity after taking part in a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support at school.

Dawn said: "I am super proud that Millie has taken time to think outside the box and consider the poorly children of Warrington.

"We all had a great time on Sunday morning cheering Millie and her friends on from the sidelines.

"May we also say a huge thank you to DW Sports in Warrington for their kindness and hospitality.

"There is still time to donate, so please support Millie and her friends and help them make a difference."

Millie was joined by classmates Charly Fuller, Izzy Putterill and Neasa and Rowan Hughes during the challenge, as well as cousin Ben McLoughlin.

WHH Charity fundraising manager Helen Higginson added: "The passion and thoughtfulness of young people within our communities never ceases to amaze me.

"When children support other children, it makes me very proud of the area in which we live.

"Millie and five of her friends have taken on the challenge of swimming one mile - not an easy thing to do, but they did it and at the same time managed to do something amazing for charity."

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