THE Abbey School has once again been awarded the Farnham Hedgehogs’ junior annual sponsored swim trophy for 2016.

Eight young swimmers took part on behalf of the school, each received a certificate and together raised a total of £1,110 for The Abbey.

The total raised by all local schools taking part in the event was £5,350, an outstanding achievement by young local students.

Bob Hockey, chairman of The Hedgehogs, made the presentation to the pupils who took part in the swim and to Nathan Aspinall, headteacher and Carolyn Shead-Jones, school swim leader.

The Abbey School, which has approximately 100 students aged 11 to 16 who have learning and additional needs, offers a caring and positive environment in which students feel confident and are motivated to enjoy their learning, achieving their best and experiencing success in all areas of their lives.

Bob Hockey also gave a short presentation on the activities of the Hedgehogs in and around the local area.

The Hedgehogs are a registered charity working voluntarily for the benefit of the community of Farnham and the surrounding areas raising funds for local good causes.

The sponsored swim itself has been held for 43 years and continues to be one of the Hedgehogs’ key annual fund raising activities.

Individual pupils continue to make an inspiring contribution to this event as highlighted by the personal initiative shown by Gracie Price who raised £650 for JDRF Diabetic Fund at this year’s swim.

The Hedgehogs will be holding its 2017 sponsored swim on Saturday, October 21, at Farnham Leisure Centre.

For further information about this event and The Hedgehogs visit the website to be found at