Our swimmers have raised a whopping £5,000 for local causes over the last 5 years. This year, we raised £1489.44 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Nell’s Garden of Memories during the charity swimming event.
The charity event is run each year, and our children raise money for a local cause by learning water safety and survival skills, dressed in their favourite pyjamas. This year Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Nell’s Garden of Memories are Puddle Ducks chosen charities. The two charities were chosen after local girls Freya Lewis and her friend Nell Jones went off to enjoy a concert at the MEN – sadly it was the day of the
Manchester Arena terrorist attack and Nell tragically lost her life, whilst Freya was left seriously injured.
The funds raised will go towards the Paediatric Critical Care Unit of Manchester Children’s Hospital, who have provided incredible support and care for Freya and her family, as well as towards the construction of Nell’s Garden of Memories, which is being created in loving memory of Nell and the other victims of the Manchester Arena atrocity.
Rachel Bateson from Puddle Ducks, said, “We’re so proud of all the children, past and present, who have taken part in our charity pyjama event. They all came eager to learn and dressed head to toe in their pyjamas. Even after 15 years, this is still the highlight of our year.
“Here at Puddle Ducks we want every child to love swimming, respect the water and swim beautifully. That’s why we make sure our classes are fun and sociable for both parents and children. Our swimming programmes also ensure that children are taught vital safety and survival skills, which could save their lives should they ever find themselves in danger in the water.”
Puddle Ducks provides innovative swimming classes for babies, toddlers and children. Teachers focus on creating a nurturing environment, which supports independent swimming for children of all abilities.