Brother backs sister’s aid mission with gruelling swim and cycle challenge

Daniel Booth, 10, from Oakham, who raised �150 for the Eugemot Orphanage in Ghana by doing a sponsored swim and cycle ride.'Photo: MSMP120813-005ow

Daniel Booth, 10, from Oakham, who raised �150 for the Eugemot Orphanage in Ghana by doing a sponsored swim and cycle ride.'Photo: MSMP120813-005ow

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A schoolboy was inspired to raise money for an orphanage in Ghana after hearing about his sister’s volunteer placement there.

Daniel Booth didn’t want to wait five years to follow in his sister’s footsteps so he completed a sponsored swim and bike ride to show his support for the project.

His sister Amy, 15, spent time volunteering at the Eugemot Orphanage during a trip with classmates from Catmose College in 
March.

They were helping to build a new accommodation block for the home’s 56 children, who are aged between eight months and 17 years.

Daniel, 10, said: “I would like to go somewhere like that when I’m in Year 10 but it’s a long time to wait so I wanted to do something now.”

On Sunday he completed 32 lengths of Catmose swimming pool and then cycled six miles around Oakham bypass.

He said: “The swim was quite easy but the bike ride was a bit harder because I’m not used to going that 
far.

“I was really pleased to raise so much money and would like to do a sponsored event again but maybe try to go a bit further.”

Daniel, of Balmoral Road, Oakham, has raised £167 so far and hopes to collect more sponsorship from his friends at Brooke Hill Academy in September.

His mum Gill, a business analyst, said: “I am very proud of Daniel and his efforts.

“He came up with the idea himself and was very determined to finish 
wit.”