Connie Channels Her Energy Into Fundraising Swim

01 June 2020

Connie in Year 5 has completed her lockdown challenge to swim the equivalent length of The English Channel in her paddling pool.

Connie says of the initial idea, “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 says, “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!”

Connie in her paddling pool
Connie attached to a bungee rope
Connie swims The English Channel in her paddling pool