Inspired by charity hero

Former Blackpool FC player David Eyres congratulates Great Arley pupil Ashley Townsend, watched by Jim Proctor.
Former Blackpool FC player David Eyres congratulates Great Arley pupil Ashley Townsend, watched by Jim Proctor.
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INSPIRED by the charity work of celebrities, a school pupil has himself become an inspiration to others.

Ashley Townsend decided to raise money for his school, Great Arley, after following the fund-raising achieved by celebrity swimmers David Walliams and John Bishop.

Ashley, who suffers from autistism, set a goal of swimming 90 miles in 90 days, after watching comedian John Bishop’s mammoth Sports Relief fund-raising earlier this year.

He proudly presented a cheque to Jim Proctor, chairman of the school’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA), after raising £1,500.

Mr Proctor said everyone was impressed with Ashley’s efforts.

He said: “He swam every day from September 1 to November 29 and even beat his goal by swimming 93 miles in the time.”

The cash raised will go towards a new minibus for the school on Holly Road, Thornton.

Former Blackpool FC footballer David Eyres presented Ashley with a trophy and certificate to congratulate him on his achievement.

The footballer also donated a pair of signed goalkeeper gloves worn by England international Joe Hart and his own signed shirt which will be auctioned to raise more money.