Norden boy raises over £1,500 for British Heart Foundation
Date published: 13 January 2022
A 10-year-old boy from Norden has raised over £1,500 for the British Heart Foundation with a sponsored one-mile swim.
Tom Jackson, a Year Six pupil at St Vincent’s Primary School, swam a staggering 74 lengths of the 25m pool at Manor House Barn in Saddleworth.
Tom’s dad Steve, was unsurprisingly very proud of his son’s efforts.
He said: “He’s been going there a few years for lessons, he’s got up to a decent standard and he wants to do something for charity.
“His gran did quite a lot for British Heart foundation, unfortunately, she’s passed away recently of a heart attack, so he decided to do it for that.
“He did a lot of work building up to it because he’s only 10 and still learning and he did it continuously, which is better than I could do.”
The youngster completed the swim on Sunday 12 December, taking just over an hour to complete his target.
Manor House Barn is a private swimming pool in Oldham which was was created by former Great-British Swimmer and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Steven Dronsfield.
In November 2017, it became part of the nationwide Swimming Nature programme.
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