Portsmouth swimmers clock up the lengths for charity

CASH Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club handed over �2,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support
CASH Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club handed over �2,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support

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SPORTY youngsters raised £2,000 for a cancer charity after they swam 200 lengths at a 50m swimming pool in Portsmouth.

Members of Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club completed the distance – equivalent to 10,000m – at the Mountbatten Centre, in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw.

The club’s silver squad, made up of 24 children aged 11 to 15, finished the challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support in just under three hours.

There was food for everyone to tuck into afterwards.

A cheque for the charity was made and a presentation will be held at a later date.

Silver squad coach Grant Robins said he was delighted by how much was raised.

‘I thought we would only raise a couple of hundred pounds, so when it was announced that we had made £2,000 I was amazed.

‘Some of the team found it tough but they all completed the challenge with a smile on their faces.

‘I asked the children about doing something for a good cause and they suggested a cancer charity. I’m proud of them.’