Molly goes to extra lengths for National Star

Molly smiling in garden

Former National Star student Molly Lane has pledged to complete a five-mile swimming challenge in aid of the charity’s Go Far, Be a Star fundraising campaign.

Molly goes swimming with her support worker once a week at a local leisure centre. For her, signing up to the challenge is a great way to progress her fitness goals.  

‘I decided to do a swimming challenge because I want to get fitter, and swimming is my second love after horses,’ said Molly.

‘I started disability swimming lessons from the age of 5 to 14. It was great because for most of my teen years I wasn’t able to do high-impact sports. Water makes feel free. I have no pain or cerebral palsy when I’m in the water – I move free like a fish.’

As part of Go Far, Be a Star, fundraisers are able to choose their challenge, as well as the distance. There is no registration fee and the challenge can be completed any time between now and July. At the end of the challenge, National Star students will decide who wins a Go Far award – including ‘The one who surprised us the most’ and the ‘The one who went the furthest.’ The money raised from Go Far, Be a Star will go towards National Star’s Building a Brighter Future Appeal to build new specialist accommodation at its Ullenwood campus by summer 2023.  

Molly’s swimming challenge will see her complete 20 lengths of the pool each week over 20 weeks. She has a fundraising target of £300. Molly couldn’t resist an opportunity to support National Star, a charity very close to her heart.

‘I wouldn’t be the person I am today without Star. It changed my life. They saw something when I couldn’t.’

Could you support Molly’s fundraising efforts in aid of National Star? Donate at her Just Giving page.

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