Borough Council of Wellingborough

Wellingborough youngsters make a splash for charity

Published Tuesday, 07 July 2015

Toddlers in Wellingborough will be attempting fun challenges in a pink pool to raise money for charity this week.

Around 100 under 5s and their parents are taking part in the national Splashathon at the Waendel Leisure Centre every day between now and Friday. They are being sponsored to complete a number of challenges, with money raised going to baby charity Tommy’s.

The challenges are taking place during parent and child swimming lessons and include learning water safety rules, hunting for Peppa Pig toys around the pool and under the water, swimming on their backs with Peppa on their tummies, and playing Peppa hide and seek.

There will music and nursery rhymes throughout the sessions and, in keeping with the Peppa Pig theme, the water will be dyed pink.

Donna Bartaby from Places for People, the company that operates the leisure centre on behalf of Wellingborough Council, said: “The teachers and children are really excited about the Splashathon and can’t wait to dive in and take part.

“We’re all very proud that we’re teaming up with Tommy’s and hope to raise as much money as possible. Every penny raised will go to the charity, to help fund research into the causes and prevention of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

“Sadly one in four women still lose a baby in pregnancy or during birth so it’s a cause that will be close to many people’s hearts.

“We’ve picked some really exciting challenges for the children to take part in and I’m sure they’ll all do a wonderful job. Our swimming lessons are great fun anyway, but add in the challenges, the pink water, and the knowledge that they’re raising money to help save other babies’ lives, and we will have a really special time.”

Parent and child swimming lessons are held regularly at Waendel Leisure Centre for children aged 5 months to 4 years. The 30 minute classes are run by experienced teachers and follow the Amateur Swimming Association's Learn to Swim guidance. They use fun games to help youngsters develop confidence in and around the water. More information about swimming lessons is available at the Waendel Leisure Centre website or by phoning 01933 221 622.

Tommy’s was founded in 1992 by two obstetricians at St Thomas’s Hospital in London. The charity leads the way in maternal and foetal research in the UK.