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Disabled pensioner's splashing charity challenge

A disabled pensioner who decided to get fit when his day care sessions were stopped due to Covid has used his new found athletic ability to raise more than £1,000 for charity. 

Harry Holt, 66, was planning a 30-length swim last month for Children in Need. However, he was struck down by the virus so only managed to finish the challenge recently. 

Despite still suffering with a blood clot in his leg, Harry - who has a range of conditions including epilepsy and autism - was determined to follow through with his splashing great challenge. 

He said: "I know Children in Need help a lot of children who have conditions like mine and I really wanted to contribute what I could to help them.

"The staff at the Village Hyde, Primus Disability Stockport and all my family and friends were so encouraging. I knew nothing was going to stop me doing the swim when I could!"

The swim was no mean feat for Harry, who grew up in Hattersley but now lives with his sister and family in Bredbury.

He added: "There's not many activities that I can do because of my health issues, but swimming really gave me a boost when I had nothing to do when the day centre closed two years ago.  

"I go swimming a few times a week with my sister and brother-in-law and the staff at the pool have always been so friendly and supportive so I thought it was the perfect challenge. 

"I'm so proud to have raised so much money and grateful to everyone who has sponsored me." 

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