Luca completes marathon swim for grandad

Luca and friends
Luca and friends

A small boy’s dream of honouring his beloved grandad’s memory with a charity swim has inspired others to support his cause.

Little Luca Bainbridge, nine, had set himself a modest target of raising £150 towards Cancer Research after vowing to support the charity following the death of John.

But the Linslade Crusaders’ swimmer, who completed the marathon 5km swim last Sunday, smashed his target by miles, raising £1,260 and the sum is still rising.

Crusaders’ spokesman, Tyla Danskin, who also supported the young swimmer, said afterwards: “Luca kept an excellent pace and, by the first hour, had already completed 2000 metres.

“He reached the half way mark of 2500 metres after an hour and a half of strong swimming, still with a big smile on his face!

“The entire swim took just over three hours - an immense achievement for Luca. In addition, Luca has successfully raised in excess of £1000 so far for Cancer Research UK, with more donations coming in as we speak - greatly exceeding his target of £150”.

Luca’s mum Sue added: “Luca and his family would like to thank Graham Pepper, for his support and coaching prior to and throughout the event.

“Also, all his family and friends for their kind messages and donations, the members of the community and Linslade Crusaders Swimming Club, who donated and supported him during his swim.

“But also Tiddenfoot for allowing Luca the opportunity to achieve this amazing challenge and allowing his friends and family to come poolside to support and cheer him on”!

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