Water Babies go wild for fund

December 05 2016

YOUNG swimmers have been making a splash to help a Fishponds-based charity which supports babies in need.

YOUNG swimmers have been making a splash to help a Fishponds-based charity which supports babies in need.

Hundreds of Water Babies swimmers donned animal outfits for the Bristol Zoo-inspired ‘Really Wild Swim’, collecting sponsorship which has amounted to almost £5,000 for Baby Bank Network, which has premises at Stoke View Business Park.

The fundraiser, which took place in private pools across Bristol, Bath and North Somerset from November 7-14, saw 1,250 babies, toddlers and their families taking part in animal-themed underwater swims. 

Dressed up as their favourite animals, babies swam through submerged hoops and dived underwater for toys with their parents. They collected sponsorship from family and friends, with one family raising over £650 alone.

“The ‘Really Wild Swim’ was so much fun, and it was wonderful to see our little swimmers and their families getting so involved,” said Bryony Johnstone who has been running Water Babies in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset since 2003. 

“I think that the families who raised money were touched by an issue that’s not only close to their hearts, but also so close to home. It really is community action at its best.”

All money raised will go to Baby Bank Network, which helps babies in need. 

Eva Fernandes, co-founder of Baby Bank Network, said: “The incredible amount of money Water Babies families have raised will enable us to help so many more babies in need.”

“Baby Bank Network is a simple idea. Nearly everything we give to families in need is second hand,” said Eva. 

“It does not cost us a lot to run, so for every £10 raised, we can help alleviate the symptoms of poverty for one more family with up to £1,000 of baby items they would not be able to otherwise afford. We can’t thank Water Babies enough.”

To donate to Baby Bank Network via the ‘Really Wild Swim’, see: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/babybanknetwork/waterbabiesreallywildswim.