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Charity Swimathon

A charity swimathon at Hethersett Middle School has raised an impressive 2,600 for a major cancer charity.

Children handed over the cheque tothe Evening News newspaper's Big C appeal to raise money for a family cancer information and support centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Every pupil at the school took part in the event which took place in May when the school pool was the centre for almost non stop swimming with the children clocking up 9,562 lengths of the 15 metre pool. This equates to just under 90 miles of swimming.

As well as raising money through sponsorship, the children also designed posters to promote the event and helped to maintain a fun atmosphere during the week with music and dance.

"All the children were very responsive and they were totally committed to raising the money," said swimming coach Jane Newstead.

The money will go towards the 700,000 cost of building the centre which will provide a haven fro cancer patients and their families, giving them access to information on the disease and a range of support services.