Six-year-old Maya goes the extra mile for charity

PR2104/PR/MF - 16/05/2017

Maya Williams, a six-year-old girl from Horsted Keynes, has been presented with a special letter of congratulations from the Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council after literally going the extra mile to raise money for charity.

Each year, staff at The Dolphin Leisure Centre take part in a day of fundraising activities to raise money for Comic Relief. When Neil and Natasha Williams, who both work at the leisure centre, told their daughter Maya about the fundraising she was so keen to help that she volunteered to do a sponsored swim.

Kind hearted Maya swam an incredible 64 lengths of the 25 metre swimming pool at The Dolphin, the equivalent of almost a mile in distance. The remarkable feat of endurance took Maya just under an hour and helped her to raise a massive £253 for Comic Relief.

Parents Neil and Natasha Williams have spoken about how immensely proud they are of Maya and her achievement.

“Maya has always been keen to help others,” said dad Neil. “I remember when she first saw a charity appeal on TV she wanted us to bottle up water from the tap and send it over to Africa. Once I explained that’s not usually how these charity appeals worked, she was desperate to raise money instead.

“We were so proud of Maya for wanting to help and to swim so far and raise so much money at such a young age is incredible.”

Former Mid Sussex District Council Chairman Cllr Peter Reed said:

“When I heard about Maya’s remarkable story I felt I had to do something to acknowledge her achievement and show our appreciation for all her hard work.

“Maya is an inspiration to us all; her only thought was to do all she could to help other people in need. For a six-year-old to swim almost a mile is quite outstanding and Maya deserves every bit of praise that comes her way.”