Two stars of charity plunge

PUBLISHED: 17:16 10 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 06 May 2010

Lonsdale School pupil Anthony Ilott completed 20 lengths

Lonsdale School pupil Anthony Ilott completed 20 lengths

A group of adults and youngsters joined forces on Sunday to raise almost £5,000 for over 20 charities. The annual sponsored swim by Stevenage and District Charities was held at Odyssey Sports Centre in Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, which gave its pool an

Craig Hollely raised £650 even though he did not swim

A group of adults and youngsters joined forces on Sunday to raise almost £5,000 for over 20 charities.

The annual sponsored swim by Stevenage and District Charities was held at Odyssey Sports Centre in Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, which gave its pool and refreshments free to support the event.

Two young men captured the hearts of everyone there, one who swam and another who couldn't because of illness.

Anthony Ilott, 14, a pupil at Lonsdale School, Stevenage, who suffers from a lung illness, epilepsy and is deaf, managed to complete 20 lengths of the pool.

Craig Hollely, nine, who is recovering from a brain tumour, was still suffering the after-effects of flu but managed to raise £650 despite being unable to take part in the swim.

His grandfather Roy Hollely, 71, of Colwyn Close, Stevenage, managed 13 lengths.

"It was a great day and for the sixth year running we have increased the amount we have raised for all the charities," said Mr Hollely.

"It was wonderful to see young people who have suffered with their own illnesses still having the strength and determination to help others.

"Last year we raised £4,200 which was a record but we have topped that and hopefully it will be close on £5,000 when all the money is in.


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