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47,000 Water Babies Join Splashathon To Save Other Babies’ Lives

March 2, 2024

Little swimmers are gearing up for a super-fun ‘Splashathon’ to support Tommy’s and the Children’s Alliance! From March 11th to 17th, pools across the UK will be filled with tiny heroes in awesome costumes. They will be taking on swimming challenges to raise money for these fantastic causes. Imagine the adorable sight of 47,000 water babies making a big splash for a brighter future!

Raising money since 2006

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The bi-annual ‘Splashathon’ fundraiser has been running in Water Babies lessons since 2006. Altogether Water Babies have raised over £5 million. This year, they aim to raise the highest amount ever achieved in one ‘Splashathon’ – £1 million for Tommy’s and the Children’s Alliance. This could support the UK’s first Tommy’s National Centre for Preterm Birth Research for a year, working to reduce the number of babies born too early.

1 in 6 children struggle with social, emotional or mental health. However, by supporting local initiatives, Children’s Alliance aims to make a real difference in a child’s first five years. This will have  a long-term impact on these children’s lives. Funds raised from Splashathon and distributed by the Children’s Alliance could support…

● £14 will fund a child under 5 with cerebral palsy to join a specialist group swimming session on a weekly basis through the Dame Vera Lynn Charity.
● £25 will buy specialist swimwear and a towel for a disabled child through Leigh Trust.
● £30 pays for a disabled child to go to a specialist swimming session through We Are Beams.
● £60 will pay for a full wetsuit for a child through the Wave Project.
● £166 pays for a surf therapy session for a child suffering from mental health issues through the Wave Project.
● £300 will pay for a specialist wetsuit for a child recovering from cancer who has a enteral line or central line through Face Everything And Rise.

Howard Harrison CEO at Water Babies said, “We’re thrilled for Splashathon to return to Water Babies lessons and raise funds for
two amazing charities, which help to give better starts and brighter futures to children and young people in our communities.”

Tommy’s CEO Kath Abrahams said, “Splashathon is a fabulous way for children to have fun in support of a vital cause. We’re grateful to every family taking part and everyone who’s working hard to make it happen at swimming pools around the UK.”

Tamsin Brewis at Children’s Alliance added, “We can’t wait for Splashathon and to watch families come together in their swimming lessons for this special sponsored event. We’re so appreciative of every water baby taking part, who will be helping us to give better starts and brighter futures to children across the country.”

Good luck!

The team at Parenting Expert would like to wish all the swimmers the best of luck. They are raising funds for some charities close to our hearts.


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