Duke of York's Royal Military School

24 hour non-stop swim for charity

Published on isbi School News dated Friday 31st of January 2014

Over the weekend of 25/26 January, a team of Oundle School pupils took part in a round the clock 24 hour non-stop swim to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan, in memory of Tristan Langford. Tristan was a former pupil and a member of the School Swimming team; he sadly passed away in 2013 from a rare form of Hodgkins Lymphoma.

The swim takes place every year for a full 24 hours straight through the night.

This year the Team comprised Oli Wood (17), Ben Paice (17), Marieke Van de Braak (18), Alice Poulter (17), Hugo Beazley (15), Lucy Ing (16), Ashley Penty (18) and Sacha Wight (15).
The group of 8 swam in 30-minute shifts throughout the night.

Oli Wood commented, 'The swim was a great test of our endurance and the team found it hard to swim for so long with so little sleep! However we managed to exceed our target distance due to everyone's determination and stamina. So far we have raised over £3500 for these two great charities.'
The swim lasted 24 hours, starting at12.30pm on 25 January and finishing the following day at 12.30pm.
The team swam over 1600 lengths (70km), equivalent to swimming the English Channel more than twice.

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.

Organising and supporting charity initiatives is something close to Oundle's heart; since September the community has already raised over £28, 000 for various charities. The School hopes that this figure will rise significantly over the year, with pupils such as the Swimming Team leading the way.

Anyone wishing to support the swimmers and donate can visit:

For more information about The Teenage Cancer Trust and Anthony Nolan visit:

24 hour non-stop swim for charity - Photo 1
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