A BOY who was inspired to complete a charity swim for his much-loved school has made a splash after raising more than £500.

Jacob Robinson, five, only started swimming 18 months ago but set himself an ambitious target to swim 1,000m - the equivalent to 40 lengths of a 25m pool.

The youngster, who attends Aquacktic Swim School, in Wolsingham, decided to take on the challenge so he could fund new books and sports equipment for Stanley Crook Primary School.

Jacob, of Stanley Crook, has been taught by coach William Coulson, who said the youngster was swimming easily after just a few weeks. He completed his challenge in just 47 minutes on October 24.

Mum, Leanne Robinson, said everyone was incredibly proud.

She said: “Swimming is Jacobs’s favourite sport and one of his greatest passions. When Jacob first said that he wanted to do his 1,000m we thought it was a bit of a stretch for a five-year-old to complete 40 lengths of a 25m pool. Will his swimming teacher agreed that Jacob was more than capable of achieving this distance. I was in shock at his strength, stamina and speed during the swim coupled with the focus and determination that he displayed - 1,000m is such a phenomenal distance for anyone to achieve. We are both so immensely proud of our boy and this huge achievement.

She added: “We would like to thank all of those involved in our local community for supporting and getting behind Jacob. A special thank you goes out to Tesco in Bishop Auckland and Crook Town AFC Youth for sponsoring Jacob £50 each and to all of our family and friends for their contributions so far. Jacob has raised just over £500 and he would love to go on to raise as much as he can for his lovely school.”

To sponsor Jacob please visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/leanne-robinson-3?utm_term=Y3MZp9XEE