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Holywell schoolgirl swims two miles to raise money for North East Wales Wildlife

A YOUNG swimmer has been making a splash to raise money for North East Wales Wildlife (NEWW).

Ten-year-old Leah Cartwright pulled out all the stops and swam two miles at her local swimming pool in Holywell to raise £140.

Supported by her family, Leah completed the 128 lengths of the pool in an hour and 25 minutes.

Leah is a NEWW junior ranger and visits Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve once a month to take part in wildlife activities.

Mandy Cartwright, Leah’s mum, said: “The last 18 lengths were really hard for her, so I went down to the poolside to cheer her on.

“Despite that last struggle she still came out of the pool full of beans.”

Cat Lucas, community wildlife education officer at NEWW, said: “We are really grateful and proud of what Leah has done for us. She’s a real star.”

Leah was presented with a certificate at the Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve christmas fair by Santa.

To get involved with fundraising for NEWW, contact 01352 742115.