Grace, 6, set to make a splash for charity

Dad Bobby, Grace and mum Jenna Twilton EMN-150119-143420001

Dad Bobby, Grace and mum Jenna Twilton EMN-150119-143420001

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She might be little but six years old, but Grace Twilton has a big heart of gold and next month she’ll prove it - by swimming a mile for charity.

The youngster, who lives in Coningsby, will cover 64 lengths at Horncastle Swimming Pool to raise funds for the British Red Cross Society.

Her marathon mission would test the stamina of most adults, never mind someone who is still settling in at a Kirkby on Bain Primary School.

However, Grace is confident she will succeed.

That’s hardly a surprise because when she’s older, she wants to be an Olympic swimmer.

Grace had already clocked up 32 lengths in a practice. That took just over half-an-hour - an indication of her special talent.

Her fundrasing bid will take twice as long, but mum Jenna has no worries.

She said: “Grace is very determined. It’s twice as far as she’s managed, but she is always up for a challenge.

“Fortunately, she loves swimming.

“She keeps telling everyone she’s going to swim in the Olympics one day and I wouldn’t bet against it.”

Jenna admits she doesn’t share her daughter’s enthusiasm and is happier providing support, from the side of the pool.

It’s dad, Bobby, who often takes Grace to swimming session.

So, where did the idea come from for the fundraising attempt?

Jenna explained: ”We were watching Children in Need on TV.

“Grace said she wanted to help but she didn’t just want to donate money. She wanted to do something positive.

“Swimming seemed the obvious choice. When she said ‘mummy, I know, I’ll swim a mile’ I’ve got to admit I was a bit concerned, but she’s more than capable.

“She read about the Red Cross and all they do on the internet. It’s also her school’s chosen charity.”

Grace, it seems, has her sights set on success.

She has already reached Level 9 of 10 in the Amateur Swimming Association’s classifications.

Her swim is on February 9.

Donations from family, friends and classmates has brought in £86 and donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/Gracesmileswim/