Boys’ big swim for city hospice

BROTHERS: Ethan and Curtis Mewse swam for St Gemmas Hospice in memory of their granddad.
BROTHERS: Ethan and Curtis Mewse swam for St Gemmas Hospice in memory of their granddad.

SWIMMING brothers have raised more than £700 for the hospice which cared for their granddad.

Curtis and Ethan Mewse, aged nine and six, drummed up the money for St Gemma’s Hospice by ‘Swimming the Channel’ in stages at local pools this summer.

The boys, from Barwick-in-Elmet, did it as a thank you to the hospice who looked after their granddad Allen Knaggs who died there aged 68 in 2015.

Proud dad Tony Mewse said: “Our two boys have completed their ‘Swim the Channel’ Campaign for St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds and raised £712. They received their certificates from Fay Richardson from the hospice.

“Both the boys wish to continue raising money by doing the annual swimming challenges that St Gemma’s puts up as they want to raise more funds for the hospice who were wonderful looking after their granddad during his final weeks there.”

In March Curtis, then eight, told the YEP: “I just wanted to say thank you to all the kind people at the hospice who took care of granddad so well during the last few weeks of his life.

“My family really appreciate it and my brother and I want to raise more money by doing what we can do best - swimming. I know grandad would be proud of us and I hope he’s watching and cheering us on from his star.”

Their efforts were applauded by grandmother Susan Knaggs who said: “The day the boys lost their granddad they lost a very special person in their lives that nobody can replace.”

Meanwhile, Curtis won through to the National skills diving competition at the London Olympic Aquatic centre last month. He came sixth in the 8/9 year old category.

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