Former Ponteland High pupil Lauren Hodgson swims the English Channel in aid of Alzheimer’s research UK

13 July 2021

Lauren recently swam the English Channel with her team from the University of Sheffield Swimming and Water polo club (without wetsuits). 


The swim took 10 hours and 50 minutes, which is one of the fastest this season. 


Lauren and her team-mates battled through jellyfish, sea-sickness and some huge waves. Their efforts have not been in vain as they have now raised nearly £7000 for Alzheimer's Research UK! 


Headteacher Kieran McGrane said, “Lauren was always an impressive student who combined a keen intellect with sporting prowess and dedication. It is wonderful to hear her still achieving personal milestones, like swimming the channel, but also that she is doing it for the benefit of others. I hope that Lauren’s exploits will inspire the younger generation of students currently in our school to follow in her footsteps.”


The link to donate (all proceeds go to Alzheimer’s Research UK) if anyone feels able to donate it would be greatly appreciated.


Ponteland High School