Success in Wild Water Charity swim around Brownsea Island
7th September 2016

‘Transforming lives and bringing hope…’

Nicola’s Brownsea Island Swim 2016

“Held in the Spirit of Self Belief and Madcap Adventure started by the few who wondered if they could - Swim Around Brownsea Island – Not so much a race but a voyage of discovery!” RLSS Poole Lifeguard

On Sunday 4th September, former Head of Maths and former Housemistress from Oundle School, Nicola Guise, will take on the challenge of the Brownsea Swim 2016. Nicola has committed to the four mile sponsored swim (without a wetsuit!) around Brownsea Island, to raise money for the work of International Needs in supporting street children in the Kawangware slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

International Needs are working with a passionate team of ex- street children (The Real Hope Community Project), helping a group of current street children to set up a car wash to keep them off the streets. At the same time they will be taught business skills, equipment maintenance, banking, saving, and conflict resolution.  

There are approximately 2.5 million slum dwellers in about 200 settlements in Nairobi representing 60% of the Nairobi population and occupying just 6% of the land. International Needs works with local groups based in the slums providing education and support for adults and children, including support for the homeless.

Nicola commented,

“I was totally inspired by the International Needs projects that I saw first-hand on an amazing ‘Adventure with Purpose’ Umoja Africa Journey I undertook earlier this year with International Needs Canada. Visiting the Nairobi slums with International Needs Kenya’s Director, Jocelyn Muraya, we were shocked at the appalling conditions but uplifted by this group of ex-street children who are dedicated to establishing a car washing project to help give current street children a means of earning money. So that's my motivation - to support that International Needs project by completing the Brownsea Swim 2016.”

Nicola began river swimming just over a year ago in the River Nene and continued to swim with a local group throughout the winter. She has been notching up the miles over the summer in readiness for the challenge.

Nicola added,

I have rediscovered my love of swimming since meeting a fabulous group of wild swimmers who inspired me to take on this challenge. Swimming through the winter has been important to acclimatise for the Brownsea Swim!  It is the length of time in cold water that I am most concerned about, although the event distance will also be my longest swim yet! Fingers crossed that this good weather holds.”

Danny Morris, National Director of International Needs UK commented,

“These street gangs work as families supporting one another and sharing with one another. We want to help them off the street, beat their addictions and go on to develop skills that bring an income. Having supporters like Nicola doing crazy things is an amazing way to deliver impact in the lives of these forgotten people.”

With just over a week to go, Nicola has raised over £2500 for the project. To sponsor her please donate at:

For more information about the work of International Needs UK and their GoGlobal trips to see first hand the projects visit:

For further information about the International Needs Canada Umoja Journey visit

GoGlobal Visits ( )

Through The International Needs UK Go Global programme you can experience the reality of life in the developing world.  If you are looking for an opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, impact a community by using your skills and experience a different way of life then Go Global is for you! In return for rolling up your sleeves you will receive more than you ever imagined.... friendship, generosity, hospitality, appreciation and memories that will last a life time. GoGlobal operates throughout Asia and Africa.  From Burkina Faso to Sri Lanka you can discover work in action, shaking your own world as you serve and strive with a team of people from the local community. GoGlobal helps you have a no frills, authentic experience empowering you to make a difference!

About the Umoja Journey (

To experience an Umoja Journey, participants purchase seats in a Land Rover vehicle and embark in a group on a trip through a series of planned destinations designed to reflect the Umoja tagline ‘Adventure with Purpose’. The adventure component of the journey includes visits to luxurious, exotic destinations that showcase the natural beauty of the earth. The purpose component takes participants to visit various sustainable development initiatives supported by International Needs Canada.

The Umoja Journey is organized into a series of ‘legs’ corresponding to the six continents involved — North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

The Umoja Journey is collaborating with Thomson-Reuters — the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals — as corporate social responsibility partners in Latin America. Thomson-Reuters is supporting the establishment of an Interactive Library and community hub at Rose of Sharon — a school for vulnerable children in Barranquilla, Colombia, supported by child sponsors and donors affiliated with International Needs Canada.

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 sixteen state-of-the-art laboratories. The School has now completed a second phase of the development project which sees a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to the original SciTec building as well as a significant upgrade to and refurbishment of the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. 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. An ongoing Sports MasterPlan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, incorporating the building of a new Sports Centre housing a fifty metre swimming pool and an eight court sports hall.

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 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. 

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