Molly swims the Channel to help paralysed victims

Nine-year-old Molly Roberts who has swam the equivalent the Channel for charity.
Nine-year-old Molly Roberts who has swam the equivalent the Channel for charity.

Young swimmer Molly Roberts is celebrating after ‘swimming the Channel’ for a charity which aims to help people paralysed by spinal cord injuries.

For ten weeks the nine-year-old has been swimming lengths at Brighouse and Rishworth School pools to clock up the 22 miles which equate to swimming the English Channel from Dover to Calais.

She was inspired to do the challenge after completing a 1,000m distance swim during the summer as part of the summer swimming programme offered at her local pool.

Bitten by the swimming bug, she wanted to do more and when she saw the Aspire challenge advertised, she decided she would like to swim the channel for charity. She had 12 weeks to complete the 22 mile challenge, and actually managed to swim 26.5 miles in the time.

The Woodhouse Primary School pupil, said: “I really enjoy swimming, but it’s been hard to do it sometimes, so I’m really pleased that I kept going and raised so much money.”

Her mum Fiona added: “Molly’s original target was to raise £100, but thanks to the generosity of friends and family she has smashed her target and raised a total of £325. We are very proud of her efforts, and she has already signed up for the Sports Relief swimathon in March next year.”

Aspire’s core services provide help needed by those who sustain spinal cord injuries.

Through its projects and programmes, it offers practical support to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK so that they can lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in work places and in leisure time.