Charity challenge raises £400

FUNDRAISING COMPLETED: Sian Lawson and Rosie Byron-Smith have swam 22-miles and raised over �300 for a spinal injuries charity.
FUNDRAISING COMPLETED: Sian Lawson and Rosie Byron-Smith have swam 22-miles and raised over �300 for a spinal injuries charity.
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TWO schoolgirls have raised more than £400 for charity after completing a 22-mile swimming challenge.

Since the beginning of November, Sian Lawson, from Acton and, Rosie Byron-Smith, from Springlands in Sudbury, have been meeting regularly to swim two miles at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre.

Last month, the girls, who are both 12 and attend All Saints Middle School in Sudbury, finished the final length of their challenge in aid of Aspire – a spinal injuries charity.

Sian, who selected the charity after her father, Clinton, suffered serious back injuries from a motorbike accident a few years ago, said that despite enduring many hours in the water, she had not been put off swimming.

“It was very tiring and if I hadn’t had Rosie with me, I would have found it much harder, but I still like swimming,” she said.

Sian added that she was impressed with the amount of sponsorship herself and Rosie had received and was keen to tackle more fundraising initiatives after raising a total of £436.