Swimming the Nidd raises £1852 for local charities

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

Youngsters at Belmont Grosvenor 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 York.

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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