24’ – A first-ever 24-hour swimathon by Concord students

Thursday December 12, 2019

After the Christmas break, Concord students will be making history by hosting the college’s first-ever 24-hour swimathon, in aid of The Shropshire Cerebral Palsy Society and the National Autistic Society. Organised by 6.2 student, lifeguard and swimming enthusiast Will, the event will welcome approximately 40 staff and students to swim and support with fundraising. Concord’s swimming pool will host three lanes, starting on Friday 10th January: A handful of the college’s ‘elite’ swimmers have been selected to swim up to 4 hours in the 16m pool, a further 12 students will swim for 2 hours each, and the third lane will be for ‘leisure’ swimming – where staff and students can pay for 30-minute segments to take part. Speaking about the upcoming event, Will said: “The inspiration behind it is personal, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do at Concord. “My brother James has autism and suffers from cerebral palsy, and I feel that the charities who support such conditions don’t get enough support themselves for the amazing work they do. “As well as support for those who are diagnosed with these conditions, the charities care and support whole families and friends too.” Will added: “It’s always nice to start something new at Concord and I certainly hope this worthwhile fundraising event can be run annually.” The pool will be open to supporters throughout the 24 hours, in addition to poolside music, snacks and even a launch party beforehand. Said Concord’s Mrs Julia Kerslake, who is helping organise the swimathon: “It’s for a wonderful cause. Many thanks to the staff & students who have volunteered to help and to swim. Our wonderful student lifeguard team will be doing shifts throughout the 24 hours. “Good luck to everyone taking part too!” If you would like to donate, you can do so securely by visiting the JustGiving page. Alternatively, staff and students can make cash donations on the day in donation buckets at the pool and Concord’s West End.