Taking on the Great North Swim

A bundle of positivity and one of the nicest young people we’ve ever met!

This weekend, 11-year-old Seb Clifford-Hirst will be pulling on his wetsuit and powering through the choppy waters of Windermere when he takes part in the Great North Swim (tag them) to raise money for CancerCare.

Undertaking on of the UK’s iconic open water swims is Seb’s way of saying “thank you” after we gave him some support following the sudden death of his sister Rhiannon in 2018.

Over the last 12 months, he had begun struggling to cope with his grief and an already tough time was further amplified by the additional worries caused by the Covid pandemic.

Seb’s mum Alex said: “This grief and stress was causing him to have issues with anger, anxiety and low self-esteem. We hadn't realised that CancerCare offered support for grieving children, but we are so glad we found out."

Seb has been visiting our Lakes Centre in Kendal for specialist therapy with Tina Allonby.

“Since Seb has been having his weekly sessions we have seen a big difference in him. He is dealing with his emotions better and seems much happier in himself. Seb really appreciates and looks forward to his sessions and decided to do the swim and raise money as he wanted to give something back to this brilliant charity,” Alex added.

Seb has been training hard and has already smashed his initial fundraising target of £200 with the current total standing at an incredible £355.

Wishing you all the best at the weekend Seb! If you would like to make a donation for this amazing young man, please click here Seb Clifford-Hirst is fundraising for CancerCare North Lancashire & South Cumbria (justgiving.com)

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