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Selkirk boy takes on ‘Channel’ swim

Selkirk Scout Group's hall, which needs £25,000 spent on the roof Credit: ITV News Border

An eight-year-old boy from Selkirk will complete a 22-mile swim at his local pool this evening, to raise money for his local Scout hall.

Ivan Burt-Smith is swimming the equivalent of the Channel to help raise money towards the £25,000 needed for Selkirk Scout Group’s new Scout hall roof.

He has been fitting in up to five one-hour sessions each week at the local pool, and will complete the final 20 laps out of 1416 on Tuesday evening.