One-armed grandfather raises thousands of pounds with charity swim

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A one-armed grandfather has helped to raise £25,000 for a children’s eye cancer charity after leading a team to swim the length of lake Windermere.

Brian Thorogood, 66, from Olney, started the swim at 6.30am on September 21 and was joined by eight other swimmers to support the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust which looked after his three-year-old grandson Ernie when he was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma.

The swimmers braved water temperature levels of just 13 degrees as they battled the extreme conditions to raise money for the charity.

Brian said: “It was a fantastic day and all swimmers, support teams and helpers were super supportive of each other.

“Most swimmers had done nothing like this level of challenge before and there were truly heroic efforts all round.

“The help and support from all of the people around Windermere was amazing.”