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.