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Littlehampton Teen Awarded for Charity Swims

Littlehampton Teen Awarded for Charity Swims
29 October 2014 1904 Views No comments

A teen from Littlehampton has been commended during an awards ceremony for his fundraising efforts. Nathan Abbott has been named charity fundraiser of the year, reports the Littlehampton Gazette.

The 17-year-old received the honour at a ceremony held at Avisford Park Hotel in Walberton. It was given by Spirit FM, which set up the awards in order to pay tribute to someone who has gone above and beyond to raise money for charity within Sussex.

Nathan managed to raise a huge £3,000 for charity in 2013 by swimming from Littlehampton pier to Worthing and then back again. The money he raised went to the charity Smile Train, which provides support to children with cleft lips.

The teen was born with a bilateral cleft lip and has undergone a total of 28 reconstructive operations. As a result, he has been inspired to do what he can for other children born with the condition.

This year, Nathan took on an even bigger challenge by swimming 15 miles in the River Arun. He managed to raise over £5,300 for the charity.

As each cleft lip and palate operation costs £150, Nathan's contribution over the last two years has helped fund over 50 surgeries across the world.

Nathan told the news provider: “I’m so proud to receive this award. It’s wonderful to know people are supporting me. I’m fortunate to have been born into a society where cleft lip and palate is treated as standard, but for many children in developing countries this isn’t the case, which is why I work so hard to support Smile Train.”

Chief executive of Smile Train, Susannah Schaefer, said: “We are delighted that Nathan’s remarkable efforts are being recognised by the Spirit FM Local Hero Awards – the determination he has shown in his fundraising endeavours is truly inspirational.”