Charity swim to help special needs group

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YOUNG people have made a splash with their fundraising efforts by taking part in a sponsored swim.

Members of South Tyneside’s Kids and Young Adults’ Klub Special Needs (Kayaks) put their water skills to the test at the event, attended by Paralympic swimming champion Josef Craig.

The charity, based at Mortimer Community Centre in Reading Road, South Shields, organises activities for children and young people with special needs.

The event, held at Brinkburn Community Centre, in Harton Lane, South Shields, saw its members swim a variety of widths and lengths – depending on their age and ability – cheered on by Josef, who has cerebral palsy.


Josef, of Hebburn, was starter for each of the categories and also presented those involved with medals and certificates.

Event organiser Kimberly Elliott, said: “Our members were just over the moon that Josef took time out of his busy schedule to come and support them. It really did mean the world to them.”

Josef, a gold medal-winner at the 2012 Paralympics, said: “It’s great to have been invited and to have been asked to present the medals and certificates. It is a great group, and it’s nice to have been able to have the opportunity to meet everyone.”

Money raised at the sponsored event will go towards funding activities.

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