Banchory boy Taw is making a splash for charity

Taw takes in a lap
Taw takes in a lap
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A Deeside youngster is making a splash for a good cause by swimming the equivalent of the English Channel (22 miles) for his cause.

Twelve-year-old Banchory Academy pupil Taw Lethaby decided to take on the challenge for Aspire- a charity that helps people with spinal injuries in the UK.

In May this year Taw was diagnosed with a hereditary blood condition which can often leave him fatigued and jaundiced.

But despite this set back, the former Cults Otter swimmer came back from the pool one day with a leaflet that made him take up the challenge.

Taw’s mum Tracey said: “Taw decided he enjoyed swimming and would pick up the timetable for the pool at Banchory to see what night he could swim after school... when he was at the Sports Centre he saw the leaflet for the Aspire Channel Swim and just came home, all fired up, saying he was going to do it. I have to say I didn’t really believe he would stick to it - I even didn’t let him start asking for sponsorship until he had completed 12 miles! But he’s just kept going... He started his quest at the end of August and remarkably he has stuck to it - swimming at least 3 hours a week, generally 4 hours...”

At the time of writing he has raised £382.

To sponsor Taw, please visit:

The Lethabys wish to thank all who have sponsored.