Swim and smile for good cause

Swimmers before the start of the Swim a Mile with a Smile event for the Lifeboats at Swan Pool,Buckingham.At the front are organiser Rakesh Phakey and John Bercow MP with the banner.'110528M-F696
Swimmers before the start of the Swim a Mile with a Smile event for the Lifeboats at Swan Pool,Buckingham.At the front are organiser Rakesh Phakey and John Bercow MP with the banner.'110528M-F696
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A SWIMMING challenge for a group of learner swimmers has raised nearly £1,000 for charity.

Lifeguard and swimming teacher at the Swan Pool, Rakesh Phakey, organised the Swim a Mile with a Smile event on May 28 to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

In the event, a team of 15 children and 60 adults attempted to swim several lengths of the pool with the youngest taking part, a four-year-old boy, swimming two lengths. The eldest, a man just short of his 60th birthday, swam for 28 minutes.

Mr Phakey said: “The four-year-old originally wanted to do one length, but he was so excited he ended up wanting to do another one. We let him do the last lap, the lap of honour.

“It went down really well so we hope to repeat the event next year.”

Some of the 60 adults, who could not make the actual event, had completed their swim beforehand.

The event was opened by Buckingham MP John Bercow.

The money is still coming in and there is still time for people to donate online at www.justgiving.com/swanpoolteam.