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Fundrasier Ellie Burns, of Mermaid Close, Gravesend, makes waves in the pool

16 April 2014
by Julia Roberts

A young girl keen on swimming could not live in a more aptly-named road – Mermaid Close.

Young swimmer Ellie Burns

Young swimmer Ellie Burns

And Ellie Burns has certainly proved herself worthy of her address by completing 30 lengths to raise money for Cancer Research.

The nine-year-old is a regular visitor to Cygnets Leisure Centre with her grandad, Reg Burns, 71, and her love for the water inspired her to take the plunge for charity.

Mum Nikki, 44, said: “I am so proud of her. She did it all off her own back, and now wants to do [it again] for the British Heart Foundation.”

Ellie, who is in year four at St Botolph’s Primary School, Northfleet, aimed to swim 25 lengths in just 15 minutes but ended up swimming an extra five. She has raised more than £150 so far.

Ellie’s grandad, who lives in Bean, first began swimming for health reasons, and his grandchildren would tag along.

Ellie with her Grandad Reg Burns

Ellie with her Grandad Reg Burns

Ellie has continued alongside him every Sunday, and now gone to great lengths for others.

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