Hazel, 6, is in the swim

Hazel Aspinall
Hazel Aspinall

A SIX-year-old girl swam one-and-a-half miles in just under two hours.

Hazel Aspinall, of Marus Bridge, swam 100 lengths of Ashton Swimming Pool, to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care as part of the Swimathon Weekend.

She was joined by around 14 other fund-raisers who swam different lengths for the cancer charity. And her efforts have paid off as she has raised almost £600.

Mum Lynne, 40, said: “It was a great day and Hazel really enjoyed it.

“It was such a good thing for her to do.

“I thought she would have got tired, but she did not – she did it in one hour 56 minutes.

“She did really well and I am really proud of her.

“What she has done is so selfless and it is such an achievement for anybody to do it, but at her age it is incredible,

“I don’t think she really comprehends it all.

“She had such a big smile on her face when she did it.”

Hazel, a pupil at Marus Bridge Primary School, has so far raised £585, but is still to collect some sponsorship money, taking the total to around the £600 mark.

She chose the charity as her grandad, John Ashurst, 70, of Standish, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010, but has since been given the all clear.

Speaking on why she wanted to take part in the swimathon, she said: “My favourite sport is swimming as it is a fun water activity.

“I swam a mile when I was four-and-a-half, so this time I want to raise money whilst doing something I really love, swimming.”