Sponsored Rothesay swim is big-hearted gesture from Kiera

L-R: Isobel Johnstone's brother Joe, Kiera Rutherford, John Digney and Kiera's proud dad Ellis Rutherford, who is fitness co-ordinator at Rothesay Leisure Centre.
L-R: Isobel Johnstone's brother Joe, Kiera Rutherford, John Digney and Kiera's proud dad Ellis Rutherford, who is fitness co-ordinator at Rothesay Leisure Centre.

Ten-year-old Rothesay girl Kiera Rutherford has raised more than £500 for two heart charities in a sponsored swim at Rothesay Leisure Centre.

Kiera dedicated the first week of her Easter holidays to a three-mile swim at the pool in memory of a long-serving member of the centre’s staff, Isobel Johnstone, who died suddenly in March.

Isobel had always encouraged Kiera in her swimming, and through an online sponsor page and a sponsor sheet at the pool Kiera smashed her target of £250, raising £380 online for the British Heart Foundation and £163 for Heartstart Bute.

Margaret Kilpatrick from Heartstart Bute commented: “From Mike [McHardy] and I on behalf of Heartstart Bute, we are delighted to say thank you to Kiera for her wonderful donation.”

John Digney, senior duty officer at Rothesay Leisure Centre, added: “Everyone associated with the Pool and all those who knew or worked with Isobel are deeply moved by Kiera’s very kind gesture.

“You wouldn’t find many ten-year-olds giving up the first week of their Easter holidays to raise money for such a worthy cause. Kiera truly is a very thoughtful young lady and we are all very proud of her and thankful for what she has done.”

The centre’s staff are raising money to buy a picnic table and benches to be placed outside the pool in Isobel’s memory: anyone who would like to make a donation to the cause can pop into the reception at the centre in High Street and speak to one of the staff.