Evie dives into fundraising for Overgate

Evie Tasker with her mum Steph Bray
Evie Tasker with her mum Steph Bray

A five-year-old girl from Halifax has gone to great lengths for charity by doing a sponsored swim in memory of her late great-grandma.

Evie Tasker, from Boothtown, has raised more than £500 for Overgate Hospice with her fundraising efforts.

Evie swam unaided at the Halifax Swimming Pool on Sunday in memory of her late great-grandma Freda Brearley.

Proud mum Steph Bray said: “Evie swam a fantastic 18 lengths in 30 minutes.

“Each length was 25 meters so she swam 450 metres in total.

“She has raised a whopping £527 for Overgate and had family and friends on the day supporting her.

“She was completely unfazed by it all and full of energy and excitement about it.

“She’s a fantastic swimmer and absolutely loves it.

“The life guards said it was brilliant that a five-year-old could swim at that pace and quality for so long.

“As a reward I bought Evie her 100m, 200m and 400m swimming badges.

“Overgate have been very supportive and just overwhelmed with Evie’s efforts, and they are going to present her with a certificate as well.”

Laura Witham, fundraiser for Overgate, said: “It’s a fantastic effort considering she’s only five-years-old.

“I’d like to say a huge well done to Evie, and a big thank you to the staff at Halifax Swimming Pool who were very accommodating and even sponsored Evie themselves.”