Wilf Smith and family chalk up more than 1,000 lengths in sponsored swim for Heartlink
A 79-year-old former heart patient has raised about £5,000 for a hospital by doing a 1,000-lengths sponsored swim with his family.
Wilf Smith, of Ibstock, is at his local pool every weekday morning to swim for an hour.
To mark his approaching 80th birthday he decided to raise cash for the Glenfield Hospital Heartlink appeal to thank staff who have kept him healthy despite heart problems since the age of 60.
Wilf swam about 30 laps each day over the last week and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who also took part racked up another 850 laps between them.
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He said: “We did 1,020 between the 11 of us and the final length we all did together, which was just wonderful.
“I think we’re going to have about £5,000 to donate to Heartlink.
“I did my 170 laps throughout the week and doing it has been absolutely magic.
“The family has pulled together and they all saw me off yesterday morning and their support has been unbelievable.”
The original aim had been to raise a total of £2,000 and swim 1,000 lengths.
Despite smashing both targets, Wilf said he would be back in the pool tomorrow.