Big Expeditions 2019 – fundraising stories!


What did you do with your summer? Here are some epic achievements from Bohunt students raising money for their Big Expeditions in 2019…

Tom Crabb, Y9, walked the entire length of one of the South’s most famous beauty spots to raise funds. Together with his cousin Ben Mathieson, 15, Tom walked the whole of the South Downs Way with Tom’s mum Emma, in just five days during the extreme heatwave, covering the 100-mile trek up hills across East Sussex, West Sussex and Hampshire.

Raising funds for each of their epic journeys next summer – Tom to the Arctic and Ben to the Himalayas – the trio began their 25-mile a day hike in Eastbourne and finished in Winchester.

Emma said: “They are raising money for their trips and wanted to do something different.

“I am very proud of them as it was a very hard five days physically and emotionally especially in the heat at their age, but they did it. It was an amazing achievement.”

Tom from Bohunt School will be studying the impact of global warming in the Arctic and its impact on the planet and Ben will be building a school in Nepal. With a total of £3,500 to raise to enable him to take part, Tom will join the Greenland Expedition.


Ben Jackson, Y10, decided that one of the ways he would try and raise the money was through doing a sponsored swim. The original challenge was to swim the equivalent of the Channel in 10 days.

In preparation for this Ben did a 10,000 metre swim on 14th June 2018. He succeeded in swimming the 400 lengths / 10,000 meters / 6.25 miles in a time of 3 hours 52 minutes and 50 seconds.

After this he decided to up the ante by reducing the channel swim from 10 days to 7 days. An immense undertaking but he wanted to do it. As the time of the swim drew closer Ben decided that he wanted to make it even harder by reducing the time allowed to 5 days, which he succeeded in doing!

The total distance swum over the 5 days:

1504 lengths / 37.6 kilometres / 23.5 miles


So far, Ben has raised almost £3,000 – an immense achievement.

Well done to everyone raising funds for Big Expeditions – we can’t wait to hear more stories!