Ryan dives in for charity

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Motherwell youngster Ryan Anderson went to great lengths as he raised £1,200 for Sport Relief.

Ryan (12) completed 321 lengths at Hamilton Water Palace, the equivalent of five miles, in the 25m pool where he learned to swim at the age of three and now trains with the Hamilton Swim Team.

The Dalziel High pupil said: “I set myself a difficult goal, because it is such an important thing to do - Sport & Comic Relief change lives and they need our help.

“I could have just swum a mile, but kids all over are struggling, so I did something that meant I struggled a little bit too.”

All the money raised for Sport Relief will help people living unimaginably tough lives both here in the UK and around the world.

Ryan had set himself a target of £1,000 and was delighted to smash it.

This is not the first time Ryan has used his sport to draw attention to need in the world.

In 2012 after committing to swim one mile for Sport Relief, Ryan carried on to swim 3.2 miles raising £940.

Last year he followed that up as he swam a ‘Mile in a Morph Suit’ with pledges just short of his £1,000 Comic Relief goal.