Leeds nostalgia: Leeds lads make a splash for charity

These three schoolchildren raised £30.55 for charity and bagged themselves a story in your very own Yorkshire Evening Post.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 18th February 2017, 2:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 7:43 am

The money was for the Ethiopian Famine Appeal and they did it by swimming 20 lengths of a Leeds swimming pool.

The lads, all from Leeds, are, from left: Matthew Coulson, nine, of Lawns Lane, New Farnley, Richard Whitaker, also nine, of Beechfield, New Farnley and his brother Andrew, 10.

They completed their challenge in the Scatcherd Sports Centre, Morley, Leeds.

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The Ethiopian famine became a catastrophe in 1983 but it took a BBC TV broadcast by Michael Buerk in 1984 to get something done about it.

Widespread outrage and shock was the reaction to the piece, which showed people dying on a biblical scale.

It was this broadcast which prompted Live Aid, organised by Bob Geldof, which took place in July 1985.

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