An eight-year-old Northwood student has raised almost £2,000 for charity all by herself by swimming 850 metres in half an hour.
Maya Chiva Shah, who is a Year 3 student at Northwood College for Girls, decided she wanted to raise money for the British Asian Trust (BAT) after her school, which has a partnership with the charity, aired a video in assembly explaining the charity’s work.
Being a dedicated member of the Hillingdon Swimming Club, Maya chose to complete a fundraising swim of 800 metres and hoped to raise £800.
The schoolgirl was delighted to instead reach £1,800 after she did the swim in her school pool on February 24. She also pushed herself to swim an extra 50 metres.
Her mum, Minal, told NorthwoodNews: “She’s absolutely thrilled with the impact she had with the swim.
“She tries to do something charitable every year – like the year before last, when she cut her hair for the Little Princess Trust after being inspired by unwell local schoolgirl, Kaiya.
“She never expected to receive this much money from the community and she’s just really excited to be able to pass that on to the BAT, whose work is fantastic.
“A lot of the friends and family who donated told Maya that they hadn’t actually heard of the charity before she did the swim – so she’s equally happy with knowing that she’s brought so many people’s attention to the incredible work that they do.
“She gets genuine pleasure from both charity work and swimming, so doing this made complete sense for her and obviously as a mum, seeing this makes me extremely proud.”
Maya also plans to ask her school to hold an annual Swimathon for the charity, which herself and fellow students can compete in to raise more money for the trust.
To see her fundraising page, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/maya-800m