Staff undertake to swim half the English Channel to raise money for disabled child.
Staff from Richard Crosse Primary School in Kings Bromley are undertaking to swim half the length of the English Channel on Saturday 28th April 18 at the Friary Leisure Centre in Lichfield.
The swim is to raise money for Oliver Elliott, the 10 year old son of a member of staff at the school. Oliver was given an MRI scan as a baby when he failed to meet milestones. The results of the MRI scan showed that his brain was not damaged but was more or less floating in two halves, and that he was missing the major nerve called the corpus callosum. Oliver was put into a group of undiagnosed children that formed a study called “DDD” (Deciphering development disorders) – which was led in Germany.
Oliver is unable to communicate verbally or physically, or sit alone without support and can only weight bear for very limited periods of time, with the help of his standing frame or an adult holding him. He needs regular on going physio at home and at school, to develop good movement and to ensure his muscles do not get over-tight. The aim of the fundraising is to provide Oliver with a communication and language system called “Eyegaze”would allow Oliver the opportunity to communicate his needs, preferences, likes and dislikes, as well as other items to help him day to day.
Joseph Davies and William Morley will be leading the effort to swim 22 miles, the equivalent of 1416 lengths of a 25m pool in 2 hours. Parents and key stage 2 children from the school will also be donning swimming costumes and joining in the fun.
Local business Xodos Beauty and Aesthetics have paid for the pool hire.
Miss Nicola Jarrett, Headteacher at Richard Crosse said “I’m so proud of our staff for organising this event, and of all the pupils and their parents who will also be taking part. It’s lovely to be able to support a fundraising cause like Oliver’s, and we know that the money raised will make a huge difference to his life”.
Oliver's justgiving page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/oliver-elliott
The swim will be starting at 4pm, swimmers will arrive from 3.45pm at the Friary Leisure Centre.