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Oscar, 12, going to extra lengths for foodbank

A Driffield School & Sixth Form student is looking to make a splash as he attempts to swim the equivalent of the English Channel over 10 days and raise funds for his local foodbank.

Oscar Crosby, 12, has been a keen swimmer almost since the day he was born and the Driffield Swimming Club member visits the pool at East Riding Leisure Driffield on an almost daily basis.

Those visits became slightly longer fromMonday 21st November when Oscar started his attempt to make his way across the width of the English Channel, swimming 140 lengths every day until he finishes on Wednesday 30th November.

It was after a visit to his local library that the youngster decided to set himself the ambitious challenge.
Oscar could not believe when he overheard two elderly people explaining their financial struggles to staff at the Driffield Centre on Cross Hill.

And he’s now hoping to assist people in a similar situation by raising £500 for Love Driffield and the Driffield and Wolds Foodbank, with the charity currently at the start of its annual Christmas food and toy drive.

“I’ve been swimming since I was a baby and I’m now a member of the swimming club,” said Oscar.

“One day, I visited Driffield library, only for 10 or 15 minutes, but in that time, I came across two pensioners who were asking for help to put food on the table.

“So, I decided that I wanted to do a charity event to raise money for them and give myself a challenge.

“I’ll be trying to swim the English Channel over 10 days and I’m really excited. I like endurance challenges.

“Hopefully, I’ll raise at least £500, but hopefully we can achieve more.

“We’ve spoken to the foodbank and they’ve invited us to go down to the hub for a couple of days.

“The volunteers told us that the fundraising will be a really big help with Christmas just around the corner.”

Kirsty Crosby, Oscar’s mum, said she is pleased to see her son helping the community.

“We’re really proud of him,” she said. “He loves swimming and comes to the pool every day.

“He’s hoping to reach the Olympics in 2028 and doing something like this won’t do him any harm in fulfilling his dream.”

If you would like to donate to Oscar’s efforts, you can do so by visiting gofund.me/a9ee6204.

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