Making waves in name of cancer fundraising

Dorset Echo: WATER FUNDRAISER: Sophie Moore swims the English Channel at Weymouth Swimming Pool WATER FUNDRAISER: Sophie Moore swims the English Channel at Weymouth Swimming Pool

A SCHOOLGIRL took the plunge and crossed the English Channel... in the safety of Weymouth Swimming Pool.

Sophie Moore, 12, swam the distance of the Channel at its shortest point by completing more than 1,400 lengths of the town pool.

She was inspired to undertake the challenge after a close relative was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sophie has raised more than £2,300 for a breast cancer charity with more money still to be collected.

The swim was undertaken in stages with the final leg completed last night.

Sophie, who is in Year Eight at Budmouth College, began swimming the 22 miles on Thursday.

She said: “I’m overjoyed to have raised so much and want to thank everyone that has donated so far as well as my swimming teachers and all my friends and family.

“I found out someone very special to me had been diagnosed with breast cancer and I wanted to do something about it.

“The money raised will go to help other people and that’s why I wanted to do it.”

Her mum Sarah added: “Sophie has been smiling the whole way through the swim and is incredibly dedicated. On Sunday night she was swimming from 8.30pm until 5am.

“She has been overwhelmed and inspired with all the support from her friends, family and swimming coaches who all joined in to swim alongside her for a while during the challenge.

“Sophie finished the last two miles of the swim on Monday and we’re so incredibly proud of her.

“She wants to do this to help Against Breast Cancer, a charity that works very hard to improve detection and increase survival after diagnosis of breast cancer.”

Charity director of Against Breast Cancer, Wendy Taylor Hill, congratulated Sophie.

She added: “We think Sophie is amazing. Swimming 22 miles is a challenge at any age but at 12 years old it’s fantastic.

“A very big thank you to her for raising more than £2000. Every £1 she has raised will support dedicated research into breast cancer with the aim of improving detection and increasing survival after diagnosis.”

To support Sophie, visit justgiving.com/sophie-moore12

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7:05pm Tue 17 Dec 13

JamesYoung says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
It is really unpleasant to see a child portrayed in the Echo (again) for 3rd sector/feminist agenda to raise funds for the cause of only one gender, dressed in pink of course.

I wonder if this sweet little mite realises how much money is in this "business" and how much so many make off the back of it,?

I wonder if anyone has told her some facts about what she is doing it for and those behind it? Would she worry if her Dad or brother had cancer and be horrified if the very people she is fund raising for hate him and discriminate against him with resources because he is Male?

Here are some facts about cancer "awareness" and all things pink you are not told about.

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Now search the Echo archives and see how many Beast cancer or women's " pink" awareness it has publicized compared to cancers for men or any other awareness for male needs...go on.....do it....
Ah Cecil, you're back.
Well done to this young lady. Although Cecil has a point, it is entirely irrelevant in the context of this story, which is that a 12 year old girl has achieved something that most of us would consider phenomenal, to raise money for charity.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: It is really unpleasant to see a child portrayed in the Echo (again) for 3rd sector/feminist agenda to raise funds for the cause of only one gender, dressed in pink of course. I wonder if this sweet little mite realises how much money is in this "business" and how much so many make off the back of it,? I wonder if anyone has told her some facts about what she is doing it for and those behind it? Would she worry if her Dad or brother had cancer and be horrified if the very people she is fund raising for hate him and discriminate against him with resources because he is Male? Here are some facts about cancer "awareness" and all things pink you are not told about. http://therightsofma n.typepad.co.uk/.ser vices/blog/6a00d8341 d03e253ef00d834530fe d69e2/search?filter. q=breast+cancer http://therightsofma n.typepad.co.uk/the_ rights_of_man/2012/0 7/ten-things-everyon e-should-know-about- cancer-research-uks- sexism.html Now search the Echo archives and see how many Beast cancer or women's " pink" awareness it has publicized compared to cancers for men or any other awareness for male needs...go on.....do it....[/p][/quote]Ah Cecil, you're back. Well done to this young lady. Although Cecil has a point, it is entirely irrelevant in the context of this story, which is that a 12 year old girl has achieved something that most of us would consider phenomenal, to raise money for charity. JamesYoung

7:50pm Tue 17 Dec 13

David_divenghy2 says...

...and of course those who say "irrelevant" dare not debate the links i posted and whats in them, right?

Next time you answer, try answering some of facts and theory in the the original post before making a proclamation.
...and of course those who say "irrelevant" dare not debate the links i posted and whats in them, right? Next time you answer, try answering some of facts and theory in the the original post before making a proclamation. David_divenghy2

8:18pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Mike Buchanan says...

British men pay 72% of the income taxes which largely finances the state, women only 28%. Companies (almost all of them established by men) pay corporation taxes which fund most of the balance.

Almost as many men die from prostate cancer as women die from breast cancer, yet the state funding (and private charity funding) for early detection of male-specific cancers is a small fraction of the funding of early detection of female-specific cancers.

Mike Buchanan

JUSTICE FOR MEN & BOYS
(and the women who love them)

http://j4mb.org.uk
British men pay 72% of the income taxes which largely finances the state, women only 28%. Companies (almost all of them established by men) pay corporation taxes which fund most of the balance. Almost as many men die from prostate cancer as women die from breast cancer, yet the state funding (and private charity funding) for early detection of male-specific cancers is a small fraction of the funding of early detection of female-specific cancers. Mike Buchanan JUSTICE FOR MEN & BOYS (and the women who love them) http://j4mb.org.uk Mike Buchanan

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