Not content with completing 2817 lengths – the distance from England to France – Dumpton School pupil Fraser Burnet has now swum 5634 lengths of a pool – the equivalent of the journey across the Channel and back.
Fraser, who lives in Poole, initially raised nearly £2,000 during lockdown for Forest Holme in memory of his Daddy and Grandpa. However, he then decided to carry on and swim back to England and try to raise more money for the Poole-based hospice that provides palliative and end-of-life care to around 1,000 adults each year across Poole, Wimborne and the Isle of Purbeck, with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
Fraser managed to raise over £3,000 and with the help of generous match-funding pledges from Teleost Cayman Ltd and Ancora Software, he smashed his £10,000 target and delivered a cheque for £11,095.88 to Dania Moussalli, a counsellor at Forest Holme, who helped Fraser and his family with bereavement support.
Paul Tucker, fundraising and communications manager at Forest Holme, said: “Fraser has been such a star doing this incredible challenge for the hospice. We have all been totally blown away by Fraser’s dedication and determination to raise such a fantastic amount of money for the charity. He is truly a remarkable young man and we know both his Daddy and Grandpa would be extremely proud.”
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