Beech Hall School Goes to Great Lengths for Charity

The Beech Hall School community has raised a highly-impressive £2000 for charity, as one hundred individuals participated in a 24-hour Swimathon.

Pupils both past and present, parents and staff members dived into the outdoor swimming pool at the Tytherington-based school to raise essential funds for PAPYRUS, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and the prevention of young suicide. 

Throughout the exhilarating 24 hours, the 100-strong team swam a monumental 13,093 lengths of the pool, equalling 131 miles – equivalent to four and half times across the English Channel! There were also many individual accomplishments, from seven infants swimming continuously for half an hour, to Helen Turner, a parent who organised the event, completing over 12 miles over many entries into the pool both day and night. 

Keeping team spirits high, raising additional funds and fuelling the participants were goodie bags available to purchase, glow sticks to light up the pool and hot chocolate throughout the night.

Beech Hall School Headmaster James Allen commented: “The Swimathon was an unbelievable, incredible feat of individual and group achievement, friendship and respect. 

“One hundred swimmers took part in this unique opportunity, swimming at bizarre times, alone, with friends and with family, some returning multiple times to swim again and again. I would like to thank all swimmers and spectators for their participation, energy and support.”