A YOUNG swimmer is helping people with spinal cord injuries.
Nine-year-old Josh Williams, of Tanyfron, has pledged to swim the same distance as crossing the English Channel - an exhausting 22 miles - and is hoping that lots of others will do the same.
He will have to complete the challenge by Sunday, December 5, to raise money for Aspire, the national charity which works to create opportunity, choice and independence for people with spinal cord injuries.
Josh, a pupil at Ysgol Tanyfron, has already swum 13.5 miles, which is 864 lengths of Waterworld swimming baths, so he is more than half way to his target of 1,408 lengths.
Proud dad Del said: 'This was all his own idea and it came about when he was in Waterworld for his karate class and picked up a leaflet about the Aspire Channel Swim.
'I thought this might be too much for him but he was confident that he could do it and he has been swimming three times a week, averaging about 50 lengths each time.
'He has his own website and people have been sponsoring him on it. His fundraising target is £400 and he has already raised £391, so we might have to try for £450.'
Josh has his own website with regular updates on his progress. Anyone who would like to sponsor him for Aspire can visit the site at www.justgiving.com/joshwilliams.