MORE than £2,200 has been raised from a sponsored swim in memory of a much-loved Kingswinford boy who died after a brave battle against lymphoma.

Daniel Banner, a pupil at The Kingswinford School, passed away on April 16 - just weeks after being diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Various memorial and fundraising events have been held in honour of the computer-mad 12-year-old who was the school’s digital leader – the latest of which was a sponsored swim, held on Sunday at The Wordsley School’s Learning4Life swimming pool where Daniel took lessons.

A group of 18 adults and children took part including the youngster's mum and dad Alison, aged 49, and David, aged 53, and younger siblings Jake, 10, and Katie, seven.

Previous fundraising events raised money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the care they gave Daniel during his illness.

But proceeds from the sponsored swim, organised by swimming instructor Michael Harley, will go to the KIDS (Kids Intensive Care and Decision Support) service which is funded by the NHS and coordinates the transport of very sick youngsters between intensive care units in children's hospitals all over the region.

Anyone still wishing to make a donation to the cause in memory of Daniel can do so online at

Alison said: “We wanted to give something back as we unfortunately had to use the ambulance twice – first from Dudley to Stoke then from Stoke to Birmingham – and just one journey costs £2,600.”