A fundraising splash!

11th April 2011' Brian Clayton took on a 15-year-old girl  Emma Grayson in a 200 length swimming race to raise money for Marie Curie and Featherstone War Memorial. 'Pictured. Brian and Emma with Emmas dad and trainer Matt Grayson.''Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
11th April 2011' Brian Clayton took on a 15-year-old girl Emma Grayson in a 200 length swimming race to raise money for Marie Curie and Featherstone War Memorial. 'Pictured. Brian and Emma with Emmas dad and trainer Matt Grayson.''Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
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A DARING duo – with 61 years between them – made a splash with a Beauty and the Beast swimming challenge.

Pontefract King’s High School pupil Emma Grayson, 14, and Featherstone resident Brian Clayton, 75, swam 200 lengths at Featherstone Swimming Pool to boost the coffers of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Featherstone War Memorial.

Emma’s dad Matt Grayson, 47, said: “Emma is in a national sailing squad and her coach set all its members the challenge of taking part in the Marie Curie Swimathon to keep up their fitness over the winter.

“She started training at Featherstone baths, where she met Brian, a very good swimmer, and they decided to take part in what they called the Beauty and the Beast challenge.

“It was hard work but they both did a great job swimming such a long distance.

“Emma had a fantastic time and I’m really proud of her.”

The pair took part in the charity challenge at the pool on Monday – where Emma finished in two hours and 17 minutes and Brian in two hours and five minutes.

The majority of the money will go to the cancer charity, but part will go towards maintaining Featherstone War Memorial.

Brian, of the Mount, said: “I was hoping to finish in under two hours, but I got cramp as I was swimming the 197th lap.

“I didn’t want to stop, because I see stopping as cheating, but staff at the swimming pool helped me get over my cramp and I was able to swim the final three lengths.

“I knew that Emma was taking part in the challenge for Marie Curie and asked her if she’d like someone to accompany her.

“I also thought it would be a good opportunity to raise some money towards the upkeep of Featherstone War Memorial, which is in full bloom at the moment.”

To sponsor the pair in support of Marie Curie contact Matt on 07582 008534. If you would like to make a donation to Featherstone War Memorial contact Brian Harper on 01977 791838.