A WILD swimmer has raised more than £1,000 for a charity to support its work to improve the water quality of the Tyne rivers.

Chris Liddle, from Stocksfield, completed the one-mile open water swim across Lake Windermere to raise money for Tyne Rivers Trust.

Chris, a trustee for the charity, said: "The river is really important to me and my family and has become even more so during the pandemic.

"Although the Tyne rivers are in a lot better shape than they used to be, by tackling pollution they could be even better, especially for the water-sports enthusiasts like myself that use them.

"I'd urge anyone who enjoys the river, whether its to swim or walk the dog along, to raise money for a cause that can directly improve it for everyone."

The money will help the Trust to reduce pollution in the river by measuring and monitoring water quality to pinpoint areas where pollution is a problem and can be addressed.

Ceri Gibson, Chief Executive Officer of Tyne Rivers Trust, said: "As a charity, this kind of fundraising makes a huge difference to the work that we can do.

"We take a scientific approach to improving the river and this money will help us to make a real difference to water quality."

To donate, visit Chris's fundraising page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisLiddle2