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Swimming star Paige Johnston from Keith raises more than £1200 for Macmillan Cancer Support


By Chris Saunderson

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A YOUNG girl who lost her granny to lung cancer when she was just a baby has completed a remarkable swim in her memory.

Paige Johnston completes her final few lengths in the pool at Keith. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Paige Johnston completes her final few lengths in the pool at Keith. Picture: Becky Saunderson

Paige Johnston (12), from Keith, swam 15 miles over a period of four weeks.

The Keith Grammar School pupil wanted to do something to remember her grandmother Audrey Williams, who died 11 years ago at the age of 59.

Paige, who was already a keen swimmer, has really upped her time in the water for the charity effort and has raised more than £1200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

All smiles as she emerges from the pool. Picture: Becky Saunderson
All smiles as she emerges from the pool. Picture: Becky Saunderson

Her mum, Emma Williams, a childminder in Keith, said: "Paige was going to swimming club regularly before lockdown came in. She wanted to do something in memory of her granny.

"She originally planned to do 11 miles in three weeks, but added another four miles."

Emma (33), who runs a Cullen Wild Dookers sea swimming group, added: "I am very proud of what she has done. She has shown so much dedication."

Paige is congratulated by friends and family after her swim.
Paige is congratulated by friends and family after her swim.

Paige said: "I was hoping to raise about £700. It feels like a great achievement.

"I was going to swimming club but that was cancelled because of Covid. I am hoping it will start again soon."


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