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Marathon Effort Raises over £2000


On the left are  swimathon organisers Jane Newstead (far left) and Maria Alborough (second left) with Lesley  Cologne from the Big C Charity and Junior School staff member Cassandra Gay. The photo on the right shows some of the children who took part in the marathon.

A 24 hour swimathon at Hethersett Junior School raised well over £2,000 for the Big C Cancer Charity. 

The marathon swimming event kicked off Hethersett’s recent open weekend with children and people from the village swimming an equivalent distance from Hethersett to London. The event celebrated the 40th anniversary of the school pool and also the life of staff member Lorraine Hedges, who died from cancer. 

A cheque for £2371.15 was handed over to Big C Community Fundraising Manager Lesley Cologne at a special end of term assembly at the school. The presentation was made by school swimming teacher Jane Newstead who was one of the main organisers of the event. 

“This is a magnificent amount of money that will help many people affected by cancer. Lots of people are made better by the services we provide and the money donated to us,” Lesley Cologne told the children. 

The assembly also said goodbye to two staff members – teaching assistant Farah Rehman and teacher Richard Cullen. There was also a special sports achievement cup for Tyler Matthews to mark his second place in the Norfolk Under-10 Cycle Speedway Championships. During the afternoon the Year Six leavers said goodbye at a special service in Hethersett Parish Church.