A 16-YEAR-OLD girl has turned down a summer holiday in Ibiza in an attempt to take part in a sailing challenge.

Ellen Taylor from Dalehouse Village, near Staithes, North Yorkshire, is hoping to join a Hartlepool crew taking part in the Cutty Sark tall ships race around Scandinavia this summer.

She needs to raise £2,000 to take part and has already managed to raise £900. Her next event will be a sponsored 22- mile swim at either Loftus or Whitby swimming pools.

Although Ellen, who attends Huntcliff School, Saltburn, has no experience of sailing, she is looking forward to the challenge.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Ellen in her swim or donate money can call her on (01947) 840928