Jellyfish, ships, seasickness and fatigue. These were just some of the problems six intrepid teenagers encountered during a cross-channel swim to raise money for new science labs and IT equipment at their school.
Thirteen-year-olds Ella de Peretti, Lilly Ouldcott, Millie Elson and Minnie Fawcett-Tang are all year 9 pupils at Camden School for Girls in north London.
The other two swimmers in the Six Girls, No Buoys group were Maddy Jenkins, 13, and Felicity Challinor, 14.
After months of endurance and cold water training in the Serpentine at Hyde Park and at Dover the girls completed their 21-mile swim across the English Channel earlier this month.
Clad in swimming costumes, hats and goggles, the girls took it in turns to swim for an hour at a time and completed the challenge in 13 hours, six minutes and 19 seconds.
“Swimming is something we have a passion for and we have improved so much over the last few months,” explained Millie.
“The swim has been more fun than anything we’ve done and even though the training was hard it has brought us really close together.”
Lilly added: “We did an assembly about it at the beginning of term and everyone was really impressed with what we’d done, especially the science department.”
The pupils have already raised £18,000 but with more money coming in they hope to hit £25,000.
To sponsor the Camden team, visit www.justgiving.com/6GirlsNoBuoysTeam CAPTION: Channel conquerors: (l-r) The intrepid swimmers Minnie Fawcett-Tang, Millie Elson, Maddy Jenkins (who attends another school), Lilly Ouldcott and Ella de Peretti (missing is Felicity Challinor)