Amazing Amy gets ready for a dip in the Thames

PUBLISHED: 08:08 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 08:08 15 July 2016

Charity swimmer Amy Talbot with mum Danielle and charity boss Kristal Huth

Charity swimmer Amy Talbot with mum Danielle and charity boss Kristal Huth


A 12-year-old girl is keeping her fingers crossed for sunny weather this weekend, ahead of a dip in the Thames.

Amy Talbot, of Rainham, will be plunging into the chilly waters tomorrow morning , as she attempts to swim half a mile for a charity close to her heart.

Her mother Danielle is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and Amy said she is passionate about raising money to help people.

“I’m feeling really excited,” the youngster said. “I have been swimming since I was in reception, so nearly nine years.

“I’m hoping for warm weather so that the water will cool me down.”

Ahead of tackling the open-water Great Newham London Swim, at the Royal Victoria Dock, Amy, who is taking part in the challenge with Cridders swim school and her coach Trevor Cridland, is feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement.

She is raising money for the Mitchell Huth Memorial Fund, a charity close to her heart.

In 2012, Mitchell, seven, of Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, died after a two-year battle with neuroblastoma.

Amy said: “I knew Mitchell when he was little and my mum’s friend set up the charity after he died, which I thought was really nice.”

Kristel Huth, chief executive of the charity, said: “We are incredibly proud of Amy for putting herself forward for this tough challenge, especially with all that she is going through herself at the moment.

“Amy and her brother Dylan have been incredibly brave over the last few months whilst their mum is undergoing treatment for cancer and we are so proud of them both and the support they are giving the charity.”

To donate to Amy’s fundraising page, click here.

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