Caring Abby goes to great lengths

A 10-YEAR-old girl who completed a stamina-sapping swim for charity has raised enough cash to help five children undergo life-changing operations to correct facial deformities. Abby Stark, from Eccleston, completed 100 lengths of Scotchbarn Baths in Prescot in 1 hour 37 mins, raising £777.13.jpg

While most schoolgirls her age are following the latest boy band or tinkering with the latest gadget, Abby is busy conjuring up ideas to raise money for charitable causes.

 After considering several options, she decided to help the charity, Operation Smile, which helps children with cleft lips and palates and facial defects She said: “I wanted to do something for charity and my dad had told me about this one that fixed children’s smiles. I kept asking him could I do something, until eventually he said yes.”

Her proud dad, Stephen, aged 45, said: “I have to thank John, the duty manager at Scotchbarn Baths, who was a great help. “He kept one lane open specifically for Abby to complete her swim.”

Beaming mum, Lynn, 48, added: “Abby once made her dad leave a Saints game early when they announced the plans for a new stadium. “She turned round and asked why were they spending millions on a new ground when the rain forests were in so much danger. That just sums her up.”

by Stephen Mather

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“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President