Legging it for Lira

We did it!

If you would still like to sponsor an individual or the event as a whole please visit our fundraising site at  www.justgiving.com/leggingitforlira

Over 450 pupils, parents, staff, family and friends of St Swithun’s successfully completed our Legging it for Lira challenge which took place on Sunday 22 September.

We walked, ran, rowed, swam, cycled and rode on horseback to cover a distance of 6,000 miles in 12 hours raising £20,000 for St Katherine’s School in Lira, northern Uganda. St Swithun’s has supported St Katherine’s for almost 20 years and the funds raised will be used to fund places for girls to attend St Katherine’s who would not otherwise receive an education.

To cover the 6,000 miles, which is the distance between Winchester and Lira, other sponsored activities included two hours of non-stop drumming, sailing and busking in Winchester High Street and there were many impressive physical feats of endurance throughout the day, including seven year old Hannah Batten who swam one mile for the first time.


Although initially thwarted by stubborn cloud cover on Sunday, French teacher Caro Bewes plans to do a tandem parachute jump from 12,000 feet in the next few days to bring the challenge to a close.

Reverend Katrina Dykes, chaplain at St Swithun's, said “This was a real team effort and through the determination of all who took part, we completed the 6,000 miles one minute before the deadline. What is even more impressive is the fundraising total and the difference that this will make to girls in Uganda who would not otherwise go to school”

A total amount of over £20,000 has been raised so far and if anybody would like to support the cause, donations can still be made on www.justgiving.com/leggingitforlira

Registering miles
If you still have miles to register the please do so as soon as possible as below:

We would also really love to have a record of the day and everyone’s efforts so please send in your photos.

If you would like to sponsor an individual or the event as a whole please visit our fundraising site at   www.justgiving.com/leggingitforlira

To find out more about St Katherine's please click here

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