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Aspire Channel Swim

09/09/13 |

Two of our pupils have recently been involved in a fantastic effort in aid of charity.

Jamie Hamilton and Aaron Cooper have been fundraising through the Aspire Channel Swim, to help people who have suffered spinal injuries.

Aspire is a charity dedicated to helping those who have suffered spinal cord injuries. These people will lose muscle and sensory control and the vast majority will become full-time wheelchair users; Aspire seeks to help with adjusted housing, technology, grants and Independent Living Advisors.

The challenge began on 9 September 2013 and runs until 1 December 2013. Participants are asked to swim 22 miles in their local pool which is equal to the distance across the channel. That's 1416 lengths of the pool in Downpatrick Leisure Centre!

The College is proud to announce that both Jamie and Aaron have not just met their target, but smashed it! Both boys have in fact passed the 44 mile mark - this means they each could have swam from Dover to Calais, back to Dover, and have headed off for Calais again!

Furthermore, not content with this huge effort for charity, the boys also ran a bun sale in the College on consecutive Mondays for the last few weeks of the challenge, with all profits going directly to this very worthy cause.

Blackwater Integrated College congratulates you both boys, tremendous effort.

If you would like to find out more about Aspire, their website is www.aspire.org.uk