Youngsters take plunge to raise money

A group of swim kids have taken the plunge and raised almost �2,000 for charity.
A group of swim kids have taken the plunge and raised almost �2,000 for charity.
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Around 80 children from across Blackpool took part in two events to raise money for the Million Day Water Challenge.

The group have now reached their goal of raising £1,800 - enough money to give families in Malawi one million days of water.

The two-day challenge was organised by Blackpool swimming teacher Luke Helmn, who set up swimming group Ron’s Squad in memory of his father Ron, an athletics teacher, who suffered from cancer.

Luke said: “I handed the cheque over on what would have been my dad’s 86th birthday – so it was quite special for me. The children are really excited by what they have achieved.”

Two events were held at Fleetwood Baths and Blackpool’s De Vere Hotel and included children under the age of eight swimming 25 metres followed by a 500-metre run, with children over eight swimming 50 metres followed by the run.

Luke said: “The events encouraged the children to swim, run and get this water safety information across in a fun way, as well as raising money for charity. I just want to grow it and open it up to more kids now.”

The two events were supported by a number of local businesses including Volks Workshop in Thornton, Fleetwood Car Centre, the Cleveleys 02 store, and a number of businesses from networking group Ronja.

Luke, who has been teaching swimming for 18 years, said: “We were helped tremendously by local businesses and can’t thank them all enough.

“We have been very fortunate to get all of this support and just hope this can continue as we go forward and I keep spreading the word.”

The next event, called the ‘Santa Splash’, will take place at Blackpool’s De Vere Hotel on Sunday, December 15.

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