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Sporty grandad Brian dives in for five hour Doncaster charity swim

Brian Jowett who took part in a 5 hour charity swim at Akern Swimming Pool.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Brian Jowett who took part in a 5 hour charity swim at Akern Swimming Pool. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Sporting grandad Brian Jowett made a real splash by going to great lengths - quite literally - for charity.

Brian, 53, completed a gruelling five-hour sponsored swim at Askern Leisure Centre in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity - and admitted that he could have kept going.

He said: “The last hour dragged a bit but I could easily have kept going for a few more hours if I had wanted. I really enjoyed it and it wasn’t a problem.

“I didn’t even ache the next day - but that said, I won’t be going near a swimming pool again in a hurry for a few weeks.”

He took the plunge in aid of his beloved grandson Reuben Bennett who received specialist treatment at the hospital two years ago.

He said: “I chose to fundraise for the charity in order to say thank you and give something back.”

And he hopes his efforts - swimming lengths non-stop for five hours - will raise in excess of £700.

“I set a target of £500 but I know I have already beaten that and the money is still coming in. The more money I can bring in the better.”

Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, which operates Askern Leisure Centre, supported Brian in his fundraising efforts by providing free access to the swimming pool at Askern for daily training in the lead up to the challenge.

Family and friends cheered on Brian throughout the day - and even though he escaped the marathon stint without pain, he was left feeling dehydrated.

“That was the only problem I had,” he said. “I had a headache afterwards but otherwise it all went absolutely fine.”

 

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