AN Alton teenager has completed a charity challenge by swimming the equivalent distance of the English Channel.

Charlie McDonald, 14, finished his feat on Saturday at the grand opening of Alton’s brand new sports centre.

Ahead of the final leg of his swim, he was able to receive some encouragement from Olympic swimmer Mark Foster.

Charlie swam 1,369 lengths in a little over 14 hours.

He was raising funds for the renovation of a medical centre in Mtimbira, Tanzania, which he will visit in July with the Scouts.

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