Chelmsford City Council

Remembrance swim raises £1,126 for charity

South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre hosted a commemorative charity swim on 11 November that raised an impressive £1,126 for the Royal British Legion. The Remembrance Sunday event saw more than 150 swimmers take to the water to complete a 100 metre swim. Eighty members of Maldon Swimming Club also took part in the event and raised £400 between them.

Sue Humphries, swimming teacher at the Leisure Centre, came up with the idea of running the event. She said, "We are absolutely delighted with the number of people who have taken the time to support this worthy cause. It has been a fantastic community events, thank you to all those who came to swim, who offered their support, or who just came down to watch."

The event included entertainment by local singers Josh Brough, Beau Langdale, Rita B, along with face painting and a bouncy castle for the youngsters. Visitors were treated to an Armistice tea party with vintage china and a selection of delicious cakes.

Tara Fisher-Harris, Pool Manager at South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre, added, "We wanted to be able to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice of World War One in a way which was inclusive of the local community, brought everyone together and was also educational. Alongside the swimming, we also displayed military uniforms, helmets and backpacks from the two World Wars as well as items from the modern army kit."

The Deputy Mayor for South Woodham Ferrers, Kevin Golding, was in attendance and commented, "It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon that raised money for a fantastic cause."

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Wednesday 14 November 2018

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