Swimming the Nidd raises £1852 for local charities

Pupils at a North Yorkshire prep , inspired by TV funnyman David Walliams, raised almost £2,000 for after completing their own epic 59-mile swim of the River Nidd.

Youngsters at School, based at Birstwith, near Harrogate, collected £1852.06 after swimming the length of the Yorkshire river – in their school swimming pool!

The children, aged from four to 11, took turns in swimming lengths of the pool to complete the challenge, and plotted their progress on a map, ensuring they started swimming at Angram Reservoir, at Great Whernside, and ended when the River Nidd joined the Ouse at Nun Monkton, near .

Money raised from the challenge will be divided between the school’s chosen charity for the year, Horticap, based in Harrogate, and Sport Relief.

Gail Bland, charities co-ordinator at Belmont Grosvenor School said she was overwhelmed by the amount of money that had been raised – with £1000 handed over to Horticap and £852.06 being donated to Sport Relief.


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