Schoolgirl’s swimming marathon for the cause

Paralympic swimmer Josef Craig donates signed swimming cap to Epinay pupil Skye Simpson.

Paralympic swimmer Josef Craig donates signed swimming cap to Epinay pupil Skye Simpson.

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A SCHOOLGIRL will swim a mile to raise money for her school’s refurbishment.

Skye Simpson is set to swim 64 lengths of the pool at Boldon Community Centre, New Road, Boldon Colliery.

The 12-year-old will not be allowed to stop, or touch the sides or bottom of the pool.

The challenge is to help raise funds for a major refurbishment at Epinay Business & Enterprise School, in South Tyneside, which will cost about £10,000.

Skye has been a keen swimmer since the age of seven, and swims twice-a-week.

She said: “I have been practising for a while now and I am confident that I will be able to do it.

“I am happy to be swimming for the school and I’m looking forward to completing the challenge, and raising money for a project which will be great for the school.”

Skye’s preparations for the event, which will take place tomorrow (Wed), were boosted when she met Josef Craig, who is a member of the Team GB paralympic swimming team.

The 15-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, regularly swims at Boldon Community Centre, and will star at this summer’s games in London.

Skye added: “It’s great to meet someone who is competing in the Paralympics. He has given me some great ideas to keep me swimming and hopefully we can have a swimming session after he has competed in London.”