10th June 2020 — Connie in Year 5 at Belmont School in Surrey has completed her lockdown challenge to swim the equivalent length of The English Channel in her paddling pool.
Connie wanted to raise money for the NHS: "During COVID-19 lockdown, I was inspired by all the amazing people who were raising money for the NHS and I wanted to think of something that I could do to help as well. I love swimming and my ambition is to swim the Channel one day, so I decided to spend my pocket money and savings on buying a big paddling pool so that I could swim the distance which is approximately 34,000 strokes. Knowing that I was doing this to raise money for the Royal Surrey NHS staff kept me going."
Connie managed to complete the challenge in under three weeks, setting herself a target of 2,000 strokes every day once she had done her school work. Her initial target was to raise £250 but she surpassed this by raising over £2,000 for the local hospital trust. Her supporters reached as far as Canada and Connie even received a personal message of support from fellow Channel swimmer, David Walliams.
Headmistress, Mrs Skrine said: “Connie has shown great perseverance and determination to complete this challenge and she can be justifiably proud of her achievement – as are all the pupils and staff at Belmont. Well done Connie!”