Richmondshire swimmers raise more than £10,000 with 24-hour sponsored swim

Seventy swimmers from Richmond Dales Swimming Club embarked on a 24-hour sponsored swim in aid of two charities last month and the final total is now in.

The swim was in aid of Crohn’s & Colitis UK and mental health charity Young Minds.

The swim was the brainchild of the club captain, 19-year-old Callum Hall.

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Callum was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2017 which prevented him pursuing his chosen career in HM Forces and had a serious impact of his swim training.

After a period of time in remission, Callum returned to full training and now has plans to go to university to study paramedic practice in 2019.

Having recruited team mates from the swimming club and with the full support of the club’s board, coaching team, parents and Richmondshire Leisure Trust, the date was set and fundraising commenced.

From 9am on Monday, April 2, teams of swimmers worked in one hour shifts to ensure the objective of a 24 hour continuous swim was met.

At 9am the following day the event concluded.

The raffle, cake sale and silent auction were a hit with everyone present including visitors to the Richmondshire Leisure Trust pool.

The silent auction had prizes donated by Chris Cook, former Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer now based in Darlington, Swale Autos at Brompton on Swale, Empire Cinema and The Station Cinema and Evolution Hairdressers in Richmond.

Having collected the sponsor money in from the swimmers and added it to the funds raised on the day, on Thursday this week the final count was concluded.

In total £8,948.74 was raised.

With the relevant amount of gift aid added to the total, this becomes £10,188.87 to be split evenly between the two charities.