Teen conquers ‘epic challenge’ for charity

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A TEENAGE swimmer has proved that she is no drip by tackling an long-distance swimming challenge to raise money for African children.

Lancing College pupil Florence Margaroli swam an exhausting 21 miles in the school’s swimming pool, a feat described by staff at the college as ‘an epic challenge and an awesome achievement’.

The 15-year-old swam 1,344 lengths in the 25m pool (that is 33,600 metres, or 20.88 miles) - the equivalent of crossing the English Channel.

On completing the marathon swim, Florence said: “I found it incredibly challenging, but I knew that every length was going to make a difference.”

This remarkable swim is just one of Florence’s fund-raising initiatives to raise the £3,000 she needs to ensure her place on the college’s 15th Malawi expedition next year.

Donations are still flooding in, and Florence will donate all surplus funds to the Malawi foster home, Rose’s House.

Pupils from Lancing College have visited the central East African country of Malawi every two years since 1982, and their expeditions have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the hospital and children’s homes where they have worked.

This year, the college is embarking on a new venture – the direct sponsorship of Rose’s House and the four boys who live there: Aubrey, Moses, Norman and Wilson.

Rose’s House is run by Open Arms, a charity caring for orphaned and abandoned children. For more information visit at www.openarmsmalawi.org