Connie channels her energy into fundraising swim for the NHS

A pupil at Belmont School has completed her lockdown challenge to swim the equivalent length of The English Channel in her paddling pool to raise money for the NHS. Her target was to raise £250 but she surpassed this, raising over £2,000.

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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!”

About Belmont School

Belmont School is a co-educational day, weekly boarding and flexible boarding school for children aged 2 to 16.  Situated in 65 acres of spectacular woodland in the Surrey Hills, close to Dorking and Guildford, they offer a happy, thriving, environment where children enjoy a style of schooling that most children would only dream about.

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