West Kent Puddle Ducks make a splash for children’s cancer charity

West Kent Puddle Ducks make a splash for children's cancer charity
POOL RESOURCES: (L-R) Clive Relf, owner of Puddle Ducks West Kent & East Sussex, senior teacher Janina Westwell, marketing co-ordinator Louisa Langford, and teacher Charlotte Burgess with Alex Drury, CLIC Sargent’s fundraising engagement manager

Every autumn, Puddle Ducks holds a week-long charity event where swimmers raise money for a worthy cause while learning valuable water safety and survival skills, attending lessons dressed in their pyjamas.

This year Puddle Ducks’ chosen charity is CLIC Sargent, which supported 315 children and young people across Kent and East Sussex in 2017.

CLIC Sargent’s specialist care team of social workers and nurses provide emotional, practical and financial support out of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

They also support young cancer patients at home or those who are being treated at other specialist children’s hospitals in London, Surrey or Hampshire.

Clive Relf, who runs Puddle Ducks West Kent & East Sussex with his wife Lindsay, explained: “We were delighted to fundraise for CLIC Sargent.

“They do fantastic work, and our Puddle Ducks families thought it was a wonderful opportunity to help other children.”

He added: “Our Charity Pyjama Week is a great way of teaching our children important life-saving skills in a fun and relaxed environment, whilst raising money for such a great cause.

“We had a tremendous time and we would like to give a big thank you to all our customers and their little Puddle Ducks who helped us to raise over £2,000 for this fantastic charity.”

Puddle Ducks provides award-winning swimming programmes for children from birth up to ten years old at 18 pools across the two counties.

Expert coaches focus on teaching independent swimming in a nurturing environment, with individually tailored activities to suit all abilities.

Participating local pools

Rose Hill School, Tunbridge Wells

Bowles Outdoor Centre (between Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough)

Ashdown Primary School, Crowborough

The Tonbridge School Centre

Fosse Bank School, Hildenborough

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