Ipswich School CCF Cadets swim from dusk to dawn for charity

One pool. One cause. No sleep. This was the Dusk to Dawn Swimathon from 7pm to 7am by Combined Cadet Force cadets from Ipswich School to raise money for the charity ‘Help for Heroes’. 
A sterling effort by the twenty one CCF cadets who took part raised over £3000 for this worthy cause.  The team swam 5580 lengths of the Ipswich School pool at the beginning of January – a grand total of 63 miles, or swimming the English Channel to France and back again!
Captain Justine Christie, chemistry teacher at the school and head of the Army Section, who organised the Swimathon, said: “I chose a Dusk to Dawn Swimathon because I wanted the event to be different, to really challenge the cadets and capture the imagination of potential sponsors, more than an ordinary swim would.  Everyone did brilliantly, and it was great to raise so much for charity.”
This is the second time the swim has taken place, and participants swam a total of two hours over the 12 hour period, by swimming 20 minutes at a time with at least 40 minutes rest in-between and two two-hour periods where they had a chance to sleep. 
Support was provided by a number of teachers who are also CCF Officers, plus there was an Emergency Nurse Practitioner on standby.  The Headmaster, Nicholas Weaver, was present at the start and finish, and School Chaplain, Reverend Winter, supplied everyone with much needed bacon sandwiches at 7am!
Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: “The cadets were really motivated to keep swimming throughout the night, and to make sure they were up and ready for their swimming slot.  I was very impressed with how well everyone did, and I’d like to thank all the pupils and staff who took part for giving up their time in this way.”
The total raised by the swim so far stands at £3158.80.  An online donations page has been set up at www.bmycharity.com/dusktodawn, for anyone wanting to pledge more money.

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