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Swimmers make a splash for Sport Relief

By Lynsey Bradford, Town Reporter Thursday 1st May 2014
Swimathon

SWIMMERS at a private swimming school caused a splash by taking part in a sponsored swim to raise money for Sport Relief.


Every class from babies to pensioners at the Deborah Yule Swimming School on Station Road, Barnsley, took part, swimming a total 114 miles.


Swimming instructor Sally Philburn said: "The youngest swimmer was about 14 weeks old, and the oldest were in their 60s.


"There's been a lovely community spirit - we've been overwhelmed by the number of people who have wanted to do it - we had two and three-year-olds who raised £100 each and an elderly man who couldn't swim before Christmas who raised £85."


A raffle was also held after a number of local businesses donated prizes.


About £2,000 was raised for Sport Relief and £240 was donated to Barnsley Youth Choir which which is travelling to Latvia to take part in The World Choir Games.