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Swimming the Channel for LEPRA

Swimming the Channel for LEPRA

Within 22 hours of putting their ‘pens down’ after the final Common Entrance Paper, the Year 8s were pounding up and down the School Pool in a bid to swim the equivalent distance of the English Channel in aid of the charity Lepra. At its narrowest point in the Strait of Dover, the Channel measures 33.3km which equates to 1,665 lengths of the 20m pool.  The Leavers’ split into two groups, with four teams of four swimming at any one time, and were spurred on by Mr Jones’ loud music, Mr Stoop’s bowls of Jelly Babies and cheers from supporters. To ensure the swimmers had a ‘real life’ experience, the pool was littered with plastic bottles, jelly fish and various sea creatures. Supporters and swimmers enjoyed the spoils of both a French Café and Ye Olde Winchester House Arms (no ales available) which also proved a huge hit at break with children and staff!

After a mere 60 minutes, the Leavers’ had completed their challenge – if we’d known we would have asked them to return to Dover! Year 8 would like to thank those who have contributed to the £1,275 raised so far and are keen to reach their target of £2,000. To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/WHSLeaversChannelSwim.