Six-year-old Leeds boy to swim 21 miles for charity

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He may be just six-years-old but Curtis Mewse is going to extreme lengths to raise cash for charity.

Big-hearted Curtis is to swim the equivalent of the English Channel in his local swimming pool, adding up to 1,344 lengths.

Curtis Mewse. PIC': Jonathan Gawthorpe

Curtis Mewse. PIC': Jonathan Gawthorpe

Curtis said: “I love swimming so when my Daddy mentioned I could swim the channel and raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice I really wanted to do it.

“Although I am only six I’m going to swim 21 miles which equates to 1,344 lengths of a 25 metre swimming pool and I need to complete it within 12 weeks (which works out at 112 lengths per week) but I intend to try and do this much quicker, ideally before my birthday in May.”

Proud dad Tony Mewse, from Barwick-in-Elmet, said: “He is only 3ft 8 inches in height but is an incredible swimmer for his age.

“He has a natural ability that has helped him pass all the ASA swimming stages within an six to eight month period last year and is now in the competitive swimming group at John Smeaton swimming pool where they rarely take swimmers under the age of eight.”

Curtis said he isn’t doing the challenge for any special person, but he does want to help others and he saw that this was an opportunity for him to raise money for a charity, by doing what he enjoys most, which is swimming.

His biggest fan is little brother Ethan, four, who goes along to watch him train at John Smeaton pool and also at Tadcaster..

Dad Tony added: “When we saw the swim the channel challenge come up we asked Curtis if he would like to help others through his swimming, and when I asked him would he like to swim the channel, his answer was ‘yes, when, today.”

In addition to his swimming Curtis also plays football and is learning karate. More details about the challenge can be seen at