Lord Digby Jones Receives Charity Cheque

Posted by Anne-Marie on February 14, 2013

Warwick School and Kings High School swimmers have raised £20,000 for the Get A-Head Charitable Trust, which is a local charity dedicated to fighting head and neck cancer.

A group of swimmers from the two schools presented a cheque to Digby Jones, Patron of the charitable trust and Tom Bromwich, Chairman of Get A-Head. Lord Digby Jones, business man, politician, former Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade & Investment was delighted to receive the cheque. “An amazing achievement by all the swimmers who have participated in these events and this £20,000 will be used specifically for funding specialist research into Head and Neck Cancer at Birmingham University Medical School and the QE Hospital.”

In May 2012, Olympic swimmer Joanna Jackson blew the whistle at the Warwick School poolside to begin the 100 Mile Swim. Three teams of 10 swimmers finished their gruelling 100 Mile Team Ironman Challenge at Warwick School.  The £4,000.00 initial target was exceeded and donations continued to come in. Then came the Channel Swim!

The team of 6 King’s High School girls swam the Channel in just under 13 hours, making them the first all girls’ school relay team since 1966 to complete the “classic” attempt from Shakespeare Beach, Dover, to Cap Gris Nez near Calais.

The Warwick School team succeeded in their two-way channel swim, in 25 hours 37 minutes and were not only the first people to succeed in their attempt at a two-way channel swim last year but are the only boys school to complete the classic, six man, two-way swim ever!

Not only were these outstanding sporting achievements by the dedicated swimmers but they also raised a tremendous amount for Get A-Head.