Swimmers pool their resources for plucky David

David Carroll, seven, suffers from Fanconi anemia, a genetic disorder affecting children and causes bone marrow failure and leukemia.''More than 30 members of David's family plus his friends and SIV staff are taking part in the Swimathon, which challenges participants to swim 22 miles -  the equivalent length of the English Channel.
David Carroll, seven, suffers from Fanconi anemia, a genetic disorder affecting children and causes bone marrow failure and leukemia.''More than 30 members of David's family plus his friends and SIV staff are taking part in the Swimathon, which challenges participants to swim 22 miles - the equivalent length of the English Channel.
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Volunteers made a splash for cash at Hillsborough Leisure Centre when to aid charities in honour of seven-year-old David Carroll.

The Sheffield lad suffers Fanconi anaemia, a genetic disorder causing bone marrow failure and leukaemia.

Around 20 members of David’s family, plus friends and Sheffield International Venues staff, took the plunge for a 21-mile swimathon them - about the equivalent length of the English Channel.

David’s swimming instructor Julie Evison and Tanya Simkin-Green organised the event in which swimmers completed the distance between them.

“That was amazing,” said Julie, who persuaded lifeguards and catering staff to take part.

“David got in with his dad Thomas and did 34 lengths as well.”

The event has raised hundreds of pounds for charities Fanconi Hope and The Anthony Nolan Trust.

Julie had been teaching David for a while without knowing of his condition. But as soon as she found out she offered to stage event. “It was a really great buzz to se it happen,” she added.

Supporters also held a bucket collection after the Sheffield derby and collected at a Hillsborough boxing event.