The Lavington Chargers have now officially completed their fantastic fundraising challenge to swim the English Channel – after a team which was unable to complete the distance earlier this summer returned to post the fastest crossing of the year.
It was back in July when three teams of swimmers – a mixture of pupils, staff and parents – set off for the swim, the latest in a series of annual challenges organised by Senior Deputy Headteacher Lisa Adams.
Two of the teams completed the distance, but one had to turn back due to ill-health five hours into the crossing, but they weren’t to be deterred.
Four of those swimmers returned for another attempt, along with two from one of the teams which completed the challenge back in July.
And so, at the end of last month the team travelled back to Dover to try again, completing the swim in 12 hours and 40 minutes, the fastest British Junior Relay crossing this year by a team of six.
The swimming challenge was one of several fundraising activities which have been organised to show support for Lavington School pupil Archie Stradling, now thankfully in remission after being diagnosed with leukaemia last year.
“Unfortunately one boat had to abort their swim because of ill health five hours in back in July, but this did not stop them and at 10pm on a Saturday night, we got the thumbs up and boarded the boat for another go,” said Lisa.
“Four of the original team were joined by two boys who had successfully completed in July as part of a parent and child team.
“The six children were waved off the beach by family and friends at Samphire Hoe, near Dover, and were the most amazing group of individuals who had to endure some really tough conditions.
“Swimming an hour each they went through the night and battled jellyfish and the powerful undercurrent of a large Spring tide to land near Cap Griz Nez after 12 hours and 40 minutes.
“It has been one of the hardest events I have ever organised and physically challenging but one of the best experiences!”
The team comprised Lisa along with the six students - Ivan Barter, Mitchel Mason, Edie Noble, Eve Ashpole, Maisy Bathe and Ella Kearley.
The challenge looks set to raise approximately £10,000 for Cure Leukaemia, swelling the ‘Go Archie’ fundraising to a total in excess of £35,000.
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