Watch: Determined Curtis, six, completes 21 mile swim challenge

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A BIG-HEARTED six-year-old has completed an astonishing 21 mile swim for charity.

Curtis Mewse was cheered on as he finished his challenge to swim the equivalent of the English Channel at his local John Smeaton pool in Seacroft, adding up to 1,344 lengths over seven weeks.

Young six-year-old  fundraiser Curtis Mewse. 'Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Young six-year-old fundraiser Curtis Mewse. 'Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

The schoolboy will be a special guest on the ITV Paul O’Grady show tonight at 5pm when his achievement will be broadcast to the nation.

His proud Dad Tony said the whole family was elated after Curtis finished the Swim the Channel Pool Challenge for St Gemma’s Hospice, so far raising £1,120.

He said: “He finished with a flurry as his team mates turned up to cheer on his final length. It is a great achievement for someone so young. There is a boy who swam the English Channel for real at the age of 11, so who knows what his next challenge may be ?

“We see Curtis as a real life Pocket Rocket who seems to run on Duracell batteries that rarely need charging, he’s a highly motivated adventurer, always up for a challenge, and also during his swim challenge, managed to pass his Silver & Gold ASA swimming awards, passing the Gold one on the same day he completed the final lengths of his 21 mile distance.”

He has been swimming several times a week completing up to 100 lengths or over a mile during some sessions

Curtis, a pupil at Barwick-in-Elmet Primary School, said: “I’ve completed 21 miles which works out at 112 lengths per week. I am so happy I’ve raised all this money. I am looking for another challenge right now.”

Dad Tony added: “We are the proudest parents in the world right now. Should any Yorkshire Evening Post readers hear of any other interesting charity challenges they should let us know, as he it ready for the next one.

“He is only 3ft 8 inches in height but is an incredible swimmer for his age.”

His biggest fan is little brother Ethan, four, who goes along to watch him train.

To sponsor Curtis and help raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice see

Tara Bean, of St Gemma’s Hospice, said: “All money raised will help us to care for more local people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses, as well as providing support to the whole family. Swimmers are provided with a pack which includes sponsor forms, a swim diary to record lengths and lots of swimming tips.

“It is fantastic to have children like Curtis taking part in the challenge. We are really impressed. At just six, this is very impressive and we really appreciate his support of the hospice.”

Details at or call 0113 218 5559 to sign up for the challenge.