2,000 Doncaster kids dive in for swimming challenge

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It was armbands and goggles at the ready as 2,000 children across the borough took on a charity swim to help raise £35,000.

Children aged two-and-a-half to 15 completed sponsored swims through their Swimstars and Dolphins lessons to raise cash for South Yorkshire Dreamflight Fundraising Group.

Matt Timms, 28, of Hatfield, who is a paediatric diabetes specialist nurse for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust founded the South Yorkshire Dreamflight Fundraising Group to make dreams come true for seriously ill or disabled Yorkshire youngsters.

Speaking about the fundraising mission, Sue Fynney, director of Swimstars and Dolphins said: “We really wanted to support Matt and the charity and say a big well done to him for setting this up.

“We’ve had children of all ages taking part and we’ve had a fantastic response, every single child who attends our lessons took part.

“Some of the toddlers even completed as many as 10 widths so it’s a great achievement.”

Money is still rolling in following the swimathon that took place all last week.

Dreamflight is a registered UK charity which takes 192 children to Orlando, Florida, each year, without their parents, where they make new lifelong friends and they have a holiday of a lifetime. A team of medical and non-medical volunteers support the children during the trip.