On Sunday 21st May, pupils from Oundle School’s Sidney Boys’ Boarding House took part in a relay swim, with the goal of swimming the width of the channel in support of WaterAid.
Forty-four pupils in total, drawn from every year group, swam over the course of the event, and together they achieved a remarkable total of 850 lengths or 25.2 miles.
WaterAid is a global charity, with teams in over thirty countries working to provide clean, safe water to those in need. It has the highest percentage of donations going directly to its cause of any large charity, and can make a huge difference with a small amount of money: £15 donated to WaterAid will provide someone with safe drinking water for a year- long enough to seek education and employment, and break the cycle of poverty.
Pupil organiser, Will Johnson (17) commented, “This was made possible by the efforts of some pupils who swam extra lengths in addition to the number they had signed up and special mention must go to Tom Riegels (16), Sam To (16), Linus Lam (17), Egan Pashley (18) and Ruben Sector (16), all of whom swam over a mile.”