Derby Grammar School pupil Lewis Hamilton has turned his ability on the sports field to help him raise money for a trip to Tanzania in summer 2018. He will be teaching pupils at Gedeli B School and working on building projects to help improve the school.
Lewis is renowned for is sporting achievements and this summer decided to embark upon the Spartan Race, a gruelling 5km obstacle race challenge.
Taking place on 3 September in Market Harborough, the race included 20 obstacles, from wading through swamps to climbing through barbed wire and scaling huge walls.
He raised an incredible £3000 towards his trip through sponsorship from family and friends.
Lewis said: “I decided to enter the race back in April, but I didn’t complete any specific training. The day before I had competed in our House Cross Country race and a rugby match.
Getting over the 9 foot high walls and then jumping over a fire-pit was the most memorable obstacle. After 90 minutes of running I was absolutely shattered at the end and couldn’t feel my legs.”
Not only has Lewis undertaken this challenge but he has also been raising money by making jams and selling cards for birthdays and occasions in his spare time.
Derby Grammar School has supported Gedeli B School through fundraising and practical help for the last five years. Every summer sixth formers travel to Tanzania to work on development projects and teach the pupils. Pupils are encouraged to fund their trip through sponsorship and fundraising activities. Additional group activities raise funds to support Gedeli School improvements.
To date over £70,000 has been raised which has built two toilet blocks, three classrooms and a special needs classroom. Funds have also enabled the installation of electricity and water, as well as the purchase of resources including desks, chairs and exercise books.