Teacher on the mark to raise funds for the community

Teacher on the mark to raise funds for the community

Wey Valley teacher and Will Mackaness Trust supporter Mark Salmon has gone the extra mile in raising over £1,200 as well as gaining grants from the British Heart Foundation for AED defibrillators at the Wey Valley Campus, Lodmoor Parkrun and the Official Test Centre at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

 Mr Salmon, who is Head of Year 8, the school lead on Outdoor Education and keen triathlete and a member of the local Bustinskin Triathlon Club and Egdon Heath Harriers Running Club has recently taken the 28 day consecutive challenge of cold water swimming in Weymouth bay, the Sailing Academy, Church Hope cove, Newton’s cove and in the French and Italian Alps to raise funds.

Mark said, “The cold water swim has been a real challenge with Baltic-like conditions at times, especially at 2,000m in the Alps but it has been worth it with so many kind donations via the ‘virgin money giving page’ for this worthwhile cause.  I have been cold water swimming for two years now but have only managed 6 consecutive days in the past so this has been a real challenge.  The hardest swims have been at 7am before work.”

 Mark added, “Research has shown that traditional CPR has a 15 % survival rate where these automated external defibrillators have a 74 % chance. If given within a minute of a heart attack they have a 90 % rate of survival!”


The virgin money giving page is still open for donations and can be found at http://bit.ly/2kVqIZL

Sara Adams, Principal at The Wey Valley School commended Mr Salmon for raising these funds and for championing Outdoor Education and the extra-curricular opportunities for students, “Mark is a dedicated and passionate PE and outdoor education teacher and Mark’s resilience to challenge himself with gruelling cold water swims at this time of year and raise funds for a cause that will benefits the local community should be applauded.”