Ten year old Aime Gohil from Oadby, completed a sponsored swim in aid of Leicester Charity Link. Amie sympathised with local children living in poverty and therefore decided that she would like to make an effort to help the less fortunate by raising some money. Her original fundraising target was just £50, but she has managed to smash her target by raising £600 so far!
While searching for an appropriate charity to volunteer for Aime came across Leicester Charity Link. After learning about the ways in which the charity helps the community, Aime decided that she wanted to help raise money on their behalf by organising a sponsored swim. On the 23rd October she swam 1,000 metres in 42 minutes and 53 seconds at Cannons Health Club, Leicester.
Commenting on her decision to participate in charity work, Aime said: “One night I told my dad I wanted to do something to help local children living in poverty, so I decided to change some children’s lives by trying to raise money. I enjoy swimming so I decided to do a sponsored swim.”
Aime started her fundraising at home, by asking for donations from friends, family, neighbours and supporting organisations such as her family doctor. Leicester Charity Link supported Aime by promoting the swim on its twitter feed.
Speaking on behalf of the charity Susan McEniff, director of Marketing and fundraising, said: “We were so excited to hear from Aime and loved supporting her in her plans to raise money for our charity. We are so pleased for her and how well she has done in raising so much money.”
For every £10 donation the Charity raises £50 from charitable trusts. A donation of just £10 provides £50 worth of food vouchers or a donation of £20 can buy a bed for a child to sleep in. In 2010 Leicester Charity Link raised over £724,000, changing the lives of 5,495 people in desperate need throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
To find out more information about Leicester Charity Link please visit http://www.charity-link.org/. Aime is still raising money for Leicester Charity Link, to donate please visit http://www.justgiving.com/Amie-Gohil.