23rd Jul, 2017

Six year old Solihull schoolgirl makes a big splash for Birmingham Children's Hospital

Sarah Mason 20th Apr, 2017

AN INSPIRATIONAL Solihull girl who had 30 stitches on her face after she was bitten by a dog last summer has set herself the challenge of swimming half-a-mile in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Josie James will be taking a dip at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre on April 22 will be swimming 32 lengths of the pool to say thank you to everyone who was involved with her treatment.

The St Patrick’s Junior School pupil had 30 stitches and was looked after as a priority case by the plastics department and had surgery after a friends dog jumped up and bit her on the face.

The six-year-old set out to raise £500 for the hospital to say thank you for all they did for her – however thanks to the generosity of friends, family and supporters she has already smashed through her target and is now hoping to raise as much as possible.

So far she has raised £1,250.

Speaking to The Observer, proud father Simon said: “Josie is doing such a wonderful thing, all her family, friends and supporters are extremely proud of her, especially as she is so young.”

For more or to donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Samantha-James10.