Local Water Babies splash for charity cash

Cameron Marchant photographed for Water Babies
Cameron Marchant photographed for Water Babies

A wave of local Water Babies classes across Eastbourne have been busy splashing for cash this year in their bi-annual Splashathon events to raise vital funds for baby charity Tommy’s, which helps mums have a healthy pregnancy and prevent complications such as miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.

Hundreds of little swimmers across East Sussex took the plunge at fun-filled Splashathons Kent and joined in exciting sponsored pool challenges they had never attempted before to raise an incredible £3566.50.

This has helped Water Babies raise a staggering £466,000 through this year’s Splashathons, bringing the total raised since starting the Splashathons seven years ago to £1.2 million.

“With one in four women still tragically losing a baby in pregnancy or birth, chances are that we all know someone who’s experienced loss,” said Kelly Lockwood, who runs classes locally. “Therefore this is a cause that is so close to so many of our hearts that any help that our little swimmers can give their unborn peers is absolutely crucial.”

Money was raised by babies and toddlers completing new special swimming challenges set by their teachers. Kelly added, “For many parents, the sight of their baby doing their first solo dip underwater or swimming through a underwater hoop for the first time is a very proud and emotional moment. The Splashathons are always so much fun we want to thank everyone involved, including all the mums, dads and family and friends who sponsored their little ones. I feel incredibly proud of – and equally humbled by – each and every one of the children and their parents for taking this truly worthwhile cause to their hearts. We were all so proud of all our little splashers and how much they managed to help us raise for such an important cause.”

For information on Water Babies visit www.waterbabies.co.uk or call 01424 892568. For more information on Tommy’s visit www.tommys.org.