A TEENAGER has raised £1,000 for a West Cumbrian charity which supported her late grandmother.

Katy Kerr, 15, raised the cash for Hospice At Home West Cumbria also thanks to the help of Copeland pool.

The Keswick School pupil ran, cycled or swam a mile every day in September in memory of her grandmother Marion Abbott, who died in 2013 and was nursed by Hospice at Home West Cumbria in the final stages of her life.

Copeland pool supported Katy throughout her challenge by letting her swim for free and allowing her to complete her mile. This often meant remaining open for a short period until she had finished. When Katy started the challenge she completed a mile swim in 1 hour 10 minutes, but by the end of her challenge she has managed to get her time down to 43 minutes.

Katy said: "When I set off doing my challenge my target was to raise a couple of hundred pounds, I can’t believe I’ve raised this amount. Everyone has been so generous. I want to say a huge thank you to my Aunty Kel for doing all the swimming sessions with me. I know my gran will be really proud.”

She added she was grateful to everyone who supported her.

This isn't the first time Katy puts her energy into raising money for the charity.

In 2016 she completed her Archbishop of York Award and raised £180 as part of the programme for Hospice At Home by walking from Workington to Allonby.

Stella Walsh, charity's senior fundraiser, said: "Katy is an amazing girl and we are so proud of her for raising such a fantastic amount for Hospice, while setting herself a real tough challenge. Her motivation and drive to support us is really inspirational."

A spokesman for GLL Leisure, which runs Copeland pool, said: "We were proud to support Katy in her charity fundraising event and applaud her for her brilliant achievement. It was a pleasure to help her throughout her fundraising event for Hospice At Home and raising £1.000 for this worthwhile charity."