Macy Smith from Leyland has raised over £450 for Rainbow House, the Mawdesley

based charity supporting children and young people with physical and neurological


The 9 year old completed a one mile challenge in 63 minutes – the first time she has swam

that far – at Leyland Leisure Centre where she has been taking lessons to develop

her swimming skills for the past few years. The Leisure Centre Manager, Alex Crawford,

kindly gave her a designated lane for her challenge and awarded her with the certificate

after her swim. She is pictured with Alex and Dave Vickers, her old swimming



Macy’s Mum, Kat Nelson, is the Trust and Grants Officer at Rainbow House and is

very proud of her daughter, saying, “I’m delighted that Macy chose to raise funds for

Rainbow House.  She loves the charity and understands that it helps children with

disabilities to challenge themselves and reach their goals… so Macy wanted to challenge

herself to help raise vital funds. We are so thankful to family and friends including

Bamber Bridge Football Club for their sponsorship which has raised a fantastic amount.”


Ben Blackman CEO at Rainbow House said, “We are extremely grateful to everyone who

raises funds for Rainbow House but it is even more heart-warming when

children take on challenges to help other children who desperately need the services we

provide. Macy has achieved something exceptional and that is just what Rainbow House is

all about – setting yourself targets and doing the very best you can. A massive thank you to

Macy and our congratulations for completing your challenge

If anyone would like to help Macy raise even more funds for Rainbow House, they

can visit her just giving page at

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