A Melton schoolboy has helped raise nearly £3,000 for charity by taking part in a swimming relay challenge across the English Channel.
Charlie Goodard, who attends Long Field Academy, swam two legs in choppy waters as his six-strong team completed the 21-mile journey from Dover to northern France in just under 11 hours.
They set off at 8.45am on Monday and reached Cap Blanc Nez at 7.45pm.
Proceeds from their gruelling efforts will go to the Aspire charity, which supports people who have suffered spinal cord injuries.
Charlie said: “It was so much harder than I could have imagined.
“I found the first time in the water really tough, I seemed to get cramps straight away in my legs but I swam through it.
“The second time in, the weather had turned and it was a lot more choppy in the sea although the water seemed a lot warmer.
“I was exhausted but enjoyed my second swim more than the first.”
Charlie is a strong swimmer as a member of the Leicester Neptune Swimming Club but he admitted the Channel swim was much tougher, with far colder temperatures than heated a swimming baths and vessels passing by regularly on the world’s busiest shipping lane.
The aim was for each swimmer in the team to stay in the water for around an hour for each leg with members, beforehand, doing some acclimatising training in Dover harbour.
“Swimming as part of a relay team gave me an extra push as I didn’t want to let anyone down,” said Charlie.
“I was relieved, excited and really happy when my colleague Umer reached the French coast.”
On his fundraising efforts, he added: “Aspire explained what £2,000 could do and went through the spending options and how it makes a difference so I’m really happy to feel I have made a difference.”