Search

Good causes benefit from Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim funds

PUBLISHED: 18:05 19 March 2017

The organisers of Lowestoft's Christmas Day Swim 2016 handed out the proceeds from the event to local good causes.

The organisers of Lowestoft's Christmas Day Swim 2016 handed out the proceeds from the event to local good causes.

Archant

A host of good causes have received a share of £10,000 raised by hardy swimmers and their supporters during the Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim.

The money was formally presented to ten Lowestoft and Waveney charities by town mayor Nick Webb.

The beneficiaries include Waveney Gymnastics Club, Pathways Care Farm, Waveney Deaf Children’s Society, Marina Theatre Trust, Lowestoft Thursday Club, Ollie’s Heroes, Brian Gallagher Football Fund, Lowestoft Lions, Lowestoft Lifeguard Volunteer Corp and the Lowestoft branch of St Johns Ambulance.

Mr Webb said: “The Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim really brings the community together.

“It is a real privilege to be part of it and to be able to present these cheques to these really worthy local causes.”

The swim is organised and supported by Sentinel Leisure Trust, HM Coastguard, The Lowestoft Volunteer Lifeguard Corps, The Lowestoft Lions, St John Ambulance and The Hotel Hatfield.

This year more than 200 people took part with about 2,500 supporters.

Stuart Everett, managing director of Sentinel Leisure Trust, said “I must thank all involved who generously donated their time and resource to be able to put on this event each year such as Hotel Hatfield and HM Coastguard who ask for nothing in return but to see this great event happen each year.”

He also thanked the volunteers on the day, the participants and their supporters.

The beneficiaries gave a speech during the presentation, explaining how the money would be used. For example, Pathways Care Farm plans to build accommodation for two new baby goats while the cash will help the volunteer lifeguard corp to repair and replace equipment.

Matt Stebbings, community sport and leisure development manager at Sentinel Leisure Trust, said a number of unregistered swimmers took part this year to raise money for their own good causes. He urged swimmers this year to register to support the chosen local charities, who have representatives helping out on the day.

Mr Stebbings also thanked Lawrence Chapman and Mark Attenborough, who were the previous organisers of the event and donated the last £1,000 from their event pot to ensure this year’s swim reached its £10,000 target.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Lowestoft Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Lowestoft Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Lowestoft Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other news

17:39

Veterans, families and serving troops came together as hundreds of people gathered in Lowestoft to show support for the men and women who make up the armed forces.

16:37

It was a devastating Second World War bombing raid, which caused destruction across the Great Yarmouth borough.

13:22

A woman in her 70s was taken to hospital after suffering a fall near a coastal nature reserve.

11:57

A family who moved from north Suffolk to Portugal almost a decade ago have been left homeless after the country’s deadliest natural disaster in years.

Most Read

08:59

Firefighters from Lowestoft quickly dealt with a vehicle fire in the town.

Read more
Carlton Colville
11:57

A family who moved from north Suffolk to Portugal almost a decade ago have been left homeless after the country’s deadliest natural disaster in years.

Read more
13:22

A woman in her 70s was taken to hospital after suffering a fall near a coastal nature reserve.

Read more
James Paget University Hospital
08:43

The RSPB and Suffolk Police are appealing for information after an East Anglian nesting colony of one of Britain’s rarest breeding seabirds was raided by egg thieves.

Read more
Suffolk Police
17:39

Veterans, families and serving troops came together as hundreds of people gathered in Lowestoft to show support for the men and women who make up the armed forces.

Read more
Peter Aldous

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Most Commented

11:57

A family who moved from north Suffolk to Portugal almost a decade ago have been left homeless after the country’s deadliest natural disaster in years.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:30

More than 60 acres of NHS land in the region could be sold off, after health bosses identified sites which could be used to reach the government’s targets for housing.

Read more
Theresa May

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter