Nine-year-old Welwyn Garden City girl hailed a community hero

PUBLISHED: 10:07 18 March 2017

Howard Centre manager Paul Haynes, Abbie Hackworth, headteacher Clare Hollingsworth, editor Nina Morgan

Howard Centre manager Paul Haynes, Abbie Hackworth, headteacher Clare Hollingsworth, editor Nina Morgan


A kind-hearted young swimmer from Welwyn Garden City has been hailed a Community Hero.

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Abbie Hackworth, nine, is the latest winner of the Howard Centre’s monthly Community Heroes award.

Swallow Dell Primary School pupil Abbie is swimming 1.5k to raise money in honour of the ‘best headteacher in the world’ whose dad has cancer.

The WGC youngster, who trains at Hatfield Swim Centre, will be swimming on April 8, to raise money for Marie Curie.

Editor Nina Morgan said: “Abbie is very deserving of this award.

“She was having a chat with her headteacher, Clare Hollingsworth, when they came on to the subject of cancer.

“After hearing that Mrs Hollingsworth’s dad was ill, Abbie was keen to help.

“She is clearly a very caring girl and a dedicated swimmer.”

Mrs Hollingsworth said: “I’m incredibly proud of her. For something that started as a small conversation and has exploded into something that’s been recognised by other people is amazing.”

Abbie said: “I’m happy and a bit surprised as well.”

Her mum Mel added: “I’m really proud. It was a surprise to get a call. She’s raising lots of money - over £400.”

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The Howard Centre Community Heroes campaign will run until June, and each month the shopping centre will be rewarding £100 to spend in their stores for one of these heroes.

•To enter simply email your story to including the name of the nominee, their contact details and your name and contact details.

The Howard Centre is also the headline partner of the Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards 2017.

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