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Spennymoor swimathon raises thousands of pounds for charity
HUNDREDS of youngsters have helped raise £8,500 for various charities by taking part in a swimathon.
The annual event, at Spennymoor Leisure Centre, was organised by Rotary clubs from across County Durham and Darlington and saw teams of young swimmers compete to swim lengths and raise sponsorship.
This year, the headline charity was Riding for the Disabled, a riding school at Escomb, near Bisop Auckland, that provides horse riding therapy to people with disabilities.
The charity received £2,500, with the remainder donated to various charities chosen by the individual swimmers.
Mel Carr, the mayor of Sedgefield, who attended the swimathon last month along with the mayor of Spennymoor, Jeff Daley, said it had been a fantastic event.
“Everyone really enjoyed themselves and there were hundreds taking part,” he said. “We are happy with the amount we raised, especially considering the economic situation in the country.”
Trophy winners included: All Saints Church at Hurworth for the most senior sponsorship and greatest senior distance; Sedgefield Primary School for the most junior sponsorship; and First Newton Aycliffe Boys Brigade for the greatest junior distance.
Sedgefield Primary School was also awarded the school trophy, while Damian Sparrow scooped the chairman’s trophy and Helen Crawford won the Les Robertshaw trophy.
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