Kent Law School student swims distance of the English Channel in ten days

A law student at the University of Kent swam the equivalent of the English Channel to raise funds for new law school facilities.  Hannah Bignell, a final year undergraduate at the University’s Kent Law School, raised £1,517 towards the Kent Law Campaign by swimming 142 laps (2.2miles) every day for ten days at Canterbury’s Kingsmead Leisure Centre. Hannah, aged 21, who is the Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group, began her challenge at 7.00am on 22 May 2013 and said:

“I have been the Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group this academic year and have decided to leave the University on a splash by raising money for this fantastic cause. I am delighted to be part of this Campaign as I believe the project presents amazing opportunities that will benefit everyone who gets involved; students, colleagues and the community.  The Clinic is an asset, not only to the University of Kent, but to society and it gives students first-hand experiences of what law is like in reality. The mooting programme allows individuals to develop and enhance their advocacy skills. The result of this project will allow these invaluable experiences to expand and grow. This challenge was pretty crazy and extremely tough but I was determined to keep on swimming!”

Anna Pollard, University Campaigns Manager, said:

“Hannah set herself an extremely difficult personal challenge and we were thrilled to be there when she completed her final lap.  She is a huge inspiration and we are extremely proud of her dedication to the Kent Law Campaign.”