A team of Oundle School pupils crawled their way through a 24-hour non-stop swim in memory of a pupil’s father and to raise money for The Anthony Nolan Trust.
The group of ten from the Northamptonshire school pushed themselves to the limit as they swam in pairs in 30-minute shifts throughout the day and night.
They swam 3,314 lengths, or 114,159 metres – the equivalent of crossing from Dover to Calais almost 3.5 times and nearly double their target.
The event was organised by 18-year-old Hugo Beazley, whose father, Nicholas, died in 2013 from blood cancer.
He says: “The Anthony Nolan Trust was the first charity in the world to be set up to help find a suitable donor match for those suffering from blood cancer. It now helps three people every day to find their life-changing donor match. This charity is immensely close to my heart and I am so proud of how much the team has achieved.
“It is a true mark of friendship that this group were willing to sacrifice their weekend, strength and temporary sanity to help me do my bit in memory of my father.”
Two pupils were in the pool throughout the swim, which meant each swam double the amount of time originally planned.
“We all wanted to take on as much of a challenge as possible, in the spirit of the event,” Hugo says.
The team set a target of £2,000 but has now boosted that to more than £9,000.
“It has been a real honour to have organised and been a part of this event, and huge thanks must also be made to Julie Clipstone and her team at the school pool for the amazing throughout-the-night life guard volunteers who helped to make this all possible.”
You can donate by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Oundle24HourSwim
Pics: Marathon effort: the ten Oundle School pupils who swam in relay over 24 hours to raise more than £9,000 for charity