Activities and donations during 2021:
- Organised our two main fund raising events: a SwimRun (100 participants) and Long Swim (150 participants)
- Organised a new fun event, a Pie-athlon: a fun event supporting local businesses (brewery, SUP hire, fish bar) and introducing people to SUP water sport followed by social event
- Organised a series of water safety for children aged 8-10, employing a local swim coach to deliver it.
- Organised and collected funds for Polar Bear winter swimming challenge, raising funds for better information boards at Clevedon Marine Lake.
- Donated to local clubs and organisations, though many give their support for free, we like to give back too:
- Renewed our associate membership of the local Sailing Club for Clevedon swimmers to use their facilities after swimming
- Surplus funds from our events were donated to:
- We are aware, a local mental health charity who helped with serving food at our SwimRun event
- Backwell Camera Club for photographing our events.
- Park run for keeping the local community fit
- Clevedon Canoe Club for helping with water safety
- Coastguard Association for their tireless work
- Community Resilience for looking after the welfare of the town and inhabitants
- Clevedon Happy Companions Club: provide a weekly day out for Clevedon’s oldest independent living residents.
- Splash & Chat: club for visually impaired people to swim in Strode pool
In 2020, despite lockdown, we managed to achieve a quite a few projects:
- Arranged a French patisserie demo by local chef Clovis Rondet of Chouxfayre, which raised over £400 towards our Children’s Water Safety Courses.
- Designed a short fun water safety course aimed at children aged 8-10, and paid a couple of local lifeguards to run the sessions
- Arranged “Pie & Pint” talk by two local swimmers. The money raised was donated to three local mental health charities: Wellspring Counselling + We are aware + Samaritans (WsM)
- Paid for associate club membership of the local Sailing Club for Clevedon swimmers so they could use their facilities after swimming
- Bought and installed coloured buoys in Clevedon marine lake for swimmers to go round
- Organised and collected funds via two Polar Bear challenges: at Clevedon for a wheelchair for disabled swimmers to access Clevedon marine lake; at Weston Super Mare to dredge and reinstate their marine lake
- Collected money for local branches of the RNLI and Coastguard Association