Fenland teenager bags Kids Are Alright Challenge monthly prize after pool marathon

SELFLESS teenager Elli Hayward-Love has been named as the final monthly winner in the Kids Are Alright Challenge 2011.

The 16-year-old, from Wisbech, completed a 10-hour sponsored pool marathon to raise money to help send young leukaemia sufferer Shannon Foster on the trip of a lifetime.

Elli had decided to take on the marathon with her friends after she was unable to support the cause at a charity bingo night at Thomas Clarkson Community College.

Sponsorship money is still coming in, but the teenagers’ efforts are thought to have raised hundreds of pounds.

Judge Beth Moore, who presented Elli with her trophy and �50 worth of shopping vouchers, said: “Elli is a true nomination. She’s tireless, selfless and she really deserves this.”

Elli, who plays pool for Cambridgeshire’s women’s team, said: “I felt so good when I finished the marathon. I was so tired but I was happy and my mum was so proud of me.

“I would definitely do it again - I might even go for 20 hours next time.”

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• Nominations for the Kids Are Alright Challenge 2011 have now closed as anticipation builds for the grand final at the Boathouse, Wisbech, on July 5.

All of this year’s nominees will be in with a chance of winning the overall prize, with voting set to open next week.

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