Lympstone schoolboy swims Exe for charity

PUBLISHED: 15:48 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 June 2010

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9 - An intrepid Lympstone Schoolboy has braved the stormy October weather and swam the choppy freezing waters of the River Exe for charity.

AN INTREPID Lympstone Schoolboy has braved the stormy October weather and swam the choppy freezing waters of the River Exe for charity.

St Peter's pupil Tom Michelmore, 13, set out across the Exe Estuary from his Lympstone home on Saturday morning raising £200 for water aid.

Tom was helped by his Headmaster Rob Williams, a keen tri-athlete; he set off across the estuary in the family boat to start the swim from the other side.

And at precisely 9.30am, with the tide about to turn and the wind having picked up considerably, the duo slipped into the water and headed for home.

Family and friends were waiting with hot chocolate and bacon sandwiches - not to mention a dry towel and warm clothes - for their arrival 48 minutes later.

"The water was freezing" said Tom as he climbed up the bank. "My hands and feet are completely numb. It was quite hard, especially at the beginning, but Mr Williams kept me going. I am really pleased that I made it!"

WaterAid provides safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.

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