Young swimmers learn vital skills while raising funds for Demelza

Young swimmers learn vital skills while raising funds for Demelza
Puddle Ducks

The baby and child swim school hosts an annual charity PJ Week, which raises money for charity while also teaching babies and toddlers vital swimming techniques.

One of these is to find out what it would feel like if they ever found themselves in water fully clothed, which makes the fundraiser highly appropriate as well as fun.

For many children, the event is also their first introduction to charity fundraising, offering an early insight into community spirit.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides specialist care and emotional support for children with terminal conditions and their families, so they can enjoy important time together.

The hospice looks after children with a range of different conditions, some of which are very complex and so rare that they have no name.

Every year they provide care for more than 750 children and those closest to them in Kent, East Sussex and South East London.

Lindsay Relf, co-owner of Puddle Ducks West Kent and East Sussex, said: “We are so proud to have raised £1,427 for the wonderful Demelza Hospice Care for Children, and would like to thank all our little swimmers and their families who took part.

“Wearing pyjamas during swimming lessons is not just about having a lot of fun, it’s also about teaching lifesaving skills, whilst at the same time raising money for a good cause.

“If we were to fall into a body of water, we are most likely to be fully clothed. This is why PJ Week is so important.

“It teaches our little swimmers that they can still swim, reach for safety and turn in, as well as demonstrating to them how it feels to be fully clothed in the water.”

Puddle Ducks provides swimming classes for children from birth to ten years old.

Teachers focus on creating a nurturing environment, which supports independent swimming for children of all abilities.

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