Thursday 14th September 2017

South East

A group of ten friends from Littlehampton Swimming Club recently took on an incredible challenge: to take part in 24 sports in 24 hours. They were inspired to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust after their friend, another member of the Club, was diagnosed with cancer and supported by our services. 

The team came up with the idea of doing a sporting marathon - doing continuous exercise for 24 hours and changing the sport every hour. Most of the team participated in each the sport, whilst a couple set up the next sport in line. Hearing about the challenge and wanting to help, the Saint Phillip Howard School in Barnham kindly offered the teens the use of their facilities.

The group needed to do a lot of preparation for the event: writing up the guidelines, carrying out risk assessments and completing equipment lists ready for the big day, all of which they did without any help from parents or teachers. They also worked incredibly hard to fundraise before the day, seeking sponoship from friends and family and via social media posts. They even organised a street collection in Rustington, which raised over £600. 

The challenge kicked off on Saturday 2 September at 11 am and the team set off with high hopes and a long list of sports to keep them very busy for the next 24 hours!  They took part in everything from netball, rounders and dodge ball to a yoga session. 24 hours later, they finished with a final, triumphant lap of the school field to mark the end of their mammoth effort!  

The team members are: Ryan Lamprell (18), Luke Lamprell (16), Jessie Brown (17), Tyler Whitcome (16), Issac Woods (16), Tom Clark (17), Rupert George Guiel (17), William Redwood (17), Hannah Edwards (15) and Lauren Wayman (16). 

Ryan said

Teenage cancer trust is a great charity that supports families in their moment of need. We are very proud to have been able to make a small contribution towards helping them with their fantastic work. Needless to say, we slept very well the night after and knew that our bodies had worked hard for a good cause!

The 10 friends have raised over £1,500 and hope their final total to be closer to £1,800. Congratulations to the team on a really amazing effort to support their friend.