The self-titled ‘Dover Strait Dodgers’ team of Worth students swam in relay across the Channel in 16 hours and 48 minutes starting on 5th July and finishing at 1:18 am the next day. So far, the team has raised an impressive £6,500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Led by Louis Gorringe who has just finished Year 12, what he calls the “best team mates” (in no particular order) were: Greg Plummer, Matthew Hay, Robyn Cunningham, Peter Milford, Henry Bond, Joseph Jefferys and James Keegan.
The expedition was organised on the team members’ initiative with their parents also showing exceptional dedication and support with fundraising, transport and other logistics.
Organising their own training regime, the team have trained twice a week, every week since October both at the K2 centre and in the open seas around Brighton and Dover. It’s not too late to support the team with a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/channelswim2012
Congratulations to all of the team, to their trainer Benny and to the group of supportive parents. The final word goes to one of the parents, Group Captain Hay, who says: “I have been lucky enough to have been heavily involved in supporting this endeavour from both an administrative and training perspective since March – it was awe inspiring to see what 8 teenagers would put themselves through in the name of charity.”