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A nine year old disabled swimmer has raised over £400 in 2010 for two local charities that help disabled children keep fit and active. £150 of her charity pot was donated by customers and staff at Castle Rock pubs.

The charitable lady is Tess, a tricoloured border collie rescued dog, diagnosed with hip dysplasia two years ago. Nowadays, she is a firm favourite at the Kean’s Head and the Vat and Fiddle where regulars and staff jumped at the chance of helping her with her benevolent work.

Caption: (l-r) The Vat and Fiddle’s assistant manager, Tony Aram; Charlie Blomeley from the Kean’s Head; Henry Ward, ‘son of the house’ at the Vat; and Tess’s friends, four year old Bailey Abbott, Malc Wheeldon and Tracey Baker.

According to her owner, Tracey Baker, Tess swims as part of her treatment and began sponsored swimming two years ago. “She still thoroughly enjoys her weekly sessions at the hydro therapy centre in Hucknall but none of her charity work would have been possible without the generosity and sponsorship of the Vat and Kean’s Head patrons. We’re all extremely grateful to them and to Charlie and Sarah, the pub managers and their colleagues – we couldn’t have done it without them,” she says.

Tess’s charity swims will help disabled young adults at Hucknall’s Hope Lea Project and The Support Dogs Children’s Autism Project. Tess was rescued at 11 months old from a family that was unable to cope with her poor behaviour.