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More people have climbed Mount Everest than have swum the English Channel!

Which makes this challenge by six 13 year old girls, 4 of whom are in Yr 8 at Camden School for Girls all the more amazing! They have set themselves the challenge to swim as a relay team across the 21 miles of the Strait of Dover, swimming in strict rotation in 1hr slots until they touch land in France. The swim will take place anytime from 27th August onwards, weather permitting, in tidal water of about 16oC, and up to 100m deep, in the busiest shipping channel in the world! Starting at just before dawn, with no wetsuits, no lane ropes, only the sheer determination and the power of their own strength to reach France.

The girls have been 'enjoying' their cold water acclimatisation in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. In June they will decamp for weekend training sessions at Dover Harbour. The squad is being coached by Rob Ouldcott, Lily's dad, himself a veteran Cross Channel Swimmner.

This swimming marathon was the brainchild of two Yr8 Pupils at Camden School for Girls, Lily Ouldcott, and Millie Elson who dreamed up the idea of a Cross Channel Relay Swim for their School mates. They are raising much needed funds to upgrade the Science Labs and IT facilities at Camden School for Girls. CSG has a unique sporting claim to fame in that thanks to the campaigning work of Francis Mary Buss, it was the first Girls school in Britain to include PE as part of its core curriculum. So please give generously and support Millie, Lily, Minnie and Ella! They are an inspiration to us ALL!

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Updates 15

The Girls have done it !!!! They made it in 13hr06mins19secs. And the sea during the last 5 hrs was rough. What courage and endurance! And we think we have a world record too: the youngest deaf person to ever be involved with a Cross Channel Swim. Hoorah and Congratulations!

01/09/13 19:27

The Girls have done it !!!! They made it in 13hr06mins19secs. And the sea during the last 5 hrs was rough. What courage and endurance! And we think we have a world record too: the youngest deaf person to ever be involved with a Cross Channel Swim. Hoorah and Congratulations!

01/09/13 19:27

To track our progress you go to the following link and then tick the box for Anastasia. http://cspf.co.uk/tracking Alternatively you can look at our Pilot's (Eddie Spelling) own web site http://www.lovechannelswimming.com/swims

31/08/13 18:18

You can see our progress live via the accompanying pilot's tracking feed :http://www.lovechannelswimming.com/swims

31/08/13 11:40

We are Go! 4am tonight - Sunday 1 Sept we will be setting out from Dover ... to make the 21 mile crossing. Wish us luck for a smooth swim!

31/08/13 11:28

Raising money for

CAMDEN SCHOOL FOUNDATION OF FRANCES MARY BUSS

CAMDEN SCHOOL FOUNDATION OF FRANCES MARY BUSS

Charity Registration No. 312763

We are a London school set up in 1871 with a long tradition of providing excellent education & opportunities for all pupils (including boys in the 6th Form) within the state system. We want to continue to do so in the face of reductions in government funding, prioritising our science labs and ICT.

Donations 208

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Well done everyone! What an amazing achievement!

Donation by Thea Smith and Family on 02/11/13

£55.10

+ £13.78 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 28/10/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Outstanding

Donation by Rosemary McGowan on 28/10/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Inspirational and something to remember all your lives!

Donation by Matthew Hitchin on 24/10/13

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Very brave - well done! Sorapure family.

Donation by John Sorapure on 20/10/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done girls! from Angela, Jaspar, Lali & Kasha

Donation by Anonymous on 20/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done all the girls - so no fear in later life

Donation by Zahid on 18/10/13

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an amazing achievement

Donation by the elms family on 17/10/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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congratulations, an amazing achievement

Donation by James Thompson on 17/10/13

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fantastic! What an amazing, inspirational thing to do.

Donation by Cornelia Parker on 17/10/13

Awesome. Never forget what you can achieve when you try.

Donation by Kaufmann Wolfe Family on 17/10/13

£180.00

Donation by Claire Holdsworth on 17/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Many many congrats.Fantastic achievement.

Donation by Penny and Russell Roberts (CSFG Parents) on 05/10/13

£200.00

+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Good luck

Donation by Nadine (Miss Bromley's sister) on 05/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Well done, you're so brave!

Donation by Camden parent on 05/10/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

What an amazing achievement! You will remember the experience for the rest of your lives, and you will always be remembered at Camden School for Girls for your remarkable contribution to the school.

Donation by Elizabeth Kitcatt on 02/10/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 27/09/13

a really impressive challenge and very honourable cause. well done girls

Donation by Charlotte Foster on 24/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Amazing!

Donation by Anonymous on 24/09/13

Donation by Anonymous on 23/09/13

£20.00

absolutely amazing - many many congratulations from Eve, Thea, Merle, Rita and family

Donation by Anonymous on 22/09/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Amazing achievement. Everyone in Camden is so proud.

Donation by Anonymous on 20/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 19/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Congratulations on your fantastic achievement!

Donation by Liz Peltz on 19/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Congratulations & also thank you to the the girls who took me round yesterday at the open day who demonstrated that generosity appears to be imbued into the everyday too.

Donation by old girl on 19/09/13

£150.00

+ £37.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£9,479.15
  • Offline donations£25.00
  • Text donations£89.00
  • Total raised£9,593.15
  • Gift Aid£2,083.63

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