Olympic swimmer Melanie Marshall hands out a free lesson ahead of Zambian cycle adventure

Pictured, from left, are Robyn Bebee, (St Hugh's swimming coach), Guy Herring (head boy), Imogen Elmer, Melanie Marshall, Lilianna Spurrier, Hermione Wright (head girl) and Stephen Greenish (headmaster).
Pictured, from left, are Robyn Bebee, (St Hugh's swimming coach), Guy Herring (head boy), Imogen Elmer, Melanie Marshall, Lilianna Spurrier, Hermione Wright (head girl) and Stephen Greenish (headmaster).

A BOSTON youngster has enjoyed some one-on-one swimming lessons with former Team GB swimmer Melanie Marshall.

Melanie supported a recent auction at St Hugh’s School, Woodhall Spa, which raised £8,000 for Sethani UK, a charity which works to relieve orphan poverty in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

She donated one of the auction prizes, one-on-one swimming lessons, which were won by the parents of Boston’s Imogen Elmer and Lilianna Spurrier.

The charity event has only strengthened Melanie’s ties with Africa.

The 30-year-old - England’s most successful female competitor at a single Commonwealth Games, after claiming six gongs at Melbourn 2006 - is currently in training for a daring cycle ride across Zambia.

In October, Melanie will join fellow Olympians Rebecca Adlington, Ross Davenport and Jo Jackson to cycle the 450km from Livingstone to Lusaka.

The aim is to raise £50,000 for the Sport in Africa charity, for which Melanie is an ambassador.

The quartet will attempt to ride more than 100km each day on what are effectively B roads.

They will also take on 35C temperatures, while risking attack from snakes and scorpions, at a time of year when malaria is rife.

There are several ways you can make a donation to Melanie’s cause.

You could visit the JustGiving page by logging on to http://www.justgiving.com/ZambiaCycle

Alternatively, you can give by text.

To donate, text TPDF50 and your amount to 70070.