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.”