Over the weekend of 27/28 February, a team of Oundle School pupils took part in a round the clock 24 hour non-stop swim to raise money for The Anthony Nolan Trust.
The swim takes place every year for a full 24 hours straight through the night.
This year the team comprised of ten pupils – Magnus Jeffery (17), Ryan Ho (17), Annabelle Barker (18), Charlie Jacobson (18), Olivia Davies (18), Eliza Dundas (17), Jamie Fulcher (15), James Alley (17), Maddy Farley (16), and pupil organiser, Hugo Beazley (18)
The group of ten swam in pairs in thirty minute shifts throughout the night. In total they swam 3314 lengths which is 114,159 metres – the equivalent of crossing from Dover to Calais almost 3.5 times and nearly double their target.
Pupil organiser, Hugo Beazley commented, “We are raising money for ‘The Anthony Nolan Trust’ in memory of my father, Nicholas Beazley, who sadly passed away in 2013 from a specific type of Blood Cancer. ‘The Anthony Nolan Trust’ was the first charity in the world to be set up to help find a suitable, lifesaving donor match for those suffering from Blood Cancer, and they now help three people every day 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 in order to help me do my bit in memory of my father.
There were always two pupils in the pool at any time which meant we individually swam for double the amount of time we could have done but wanted to take on as much of a challenge as possible, in the spirit of the event.”
Having set their target for an already sizeable £2000, the swimmers are very pleased to have reached over three times that, with a total of well over £9000 and continuing to rise. The team of swimmers hopes that such a tough endurance challenge will inspire people to donate as much money as possible to their excellent cause; all donations, large or small will be greatly appreciated.
Hugo concluded, “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 make this all possible.”
The link for the Donation page is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Oundle24HourSwim
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few year.
There are currently 1100 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day school for children aged 4 to 11.