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FUND RAISING

Raise money and be kind to the planet this Christmas

This year why not send your friends and family one of our digital Christmas Cards and make a small donation with the money you saved on cards and stamps.

You can choose a design, and then share the goodwill with everyone you know on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp.

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Superstar Rose

What a superstar Rose is.

She has swum the equivalent of the English Channel in a swimming pool and in the process raised over £900 for us here at SwimTayka.

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Ashford swimmer takes part in relay team’s cross-Channel fundraiser

Avoiding ferries and tug boats, six swimmers tackled the 21-mile stretch of water to raise money for drowning prevention project.

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Rose just 11-years old takes on the English Channel

Rose Miles (a keen 11-year-old swimmer) has decided to swim the length of the channel this summer to raise money for SwimTayka. She has set up a TotalGiving page and set herself a target of £750.

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Swimming for almost 19 hours

Lucy set off from Shakespeare Beach at 3:47 am on Sunday morning to begin her epic journey to swim solo across the English Channel, one of the first people post COVID-19.

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Meet Lucy

Meet Lucy who is swimming the channel on Friday and raising money for us. She lives in Surrey with her husband, son, two cats and Storm the dog (he’s in the pic!!).

She has always loved the water but came to swim seriously, more recently in life. When her son starting swimming lessons as a baby, she decided to qualify as a Swimming Teacher, and to so began her career change.

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COWS raising money

What a fabulous group of swimmers at COWS (Cotswold Open Water Swimmers) – a fantastic £600 raised at our Annual Boxing Day Dip and some fabulous fancy dress outfits too. A bit of a drizzly morning but we all turned out – thank you. This will go with the Halloween dip funds of £815 – the total of £1,415 will be split between Wiltshire Air Ambulance and SwimTayka.

A massive thank you to the COWS organisers team to bring this together and to Thameswey Canoe Club for there volunteers on safety cover.

Looking forward to 2020 with you all dipping and swimming accordingly.

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And now for something completely different…

By Kieran Smyth – Channel Relay Swimmer

The team assembled in the car park at Dover Harbour between 9-10 pm on Thursday 1st August, we were all buzzing with nervous anticipation! We boarded Anastasia and met the pilot Eddie and his crew as well as our CS&PF observer Geoff. We stowed our belongings and set off for Samphire Hoe where our challenge would officially begin. Once at Samphire Hoe, Alan jumped in and swam to the beach and, at the sound of the claxon, he re-entered the water and our relay was officially underway! The time was 11:23 pm. 

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English Channel relay swim

So what was it like? We met at Dover Marina at 10 pm on Thursday 1st August, ready for our tide before midnight. Our team was reduced to five swimmers: one of our members, Lucy, was already part of another relay team, and as Team SwimTayka was delayed a fortnight by bad weather, the inevitable happened, and her team got called on the previous tide to us. So here we are, the five swimmers in the team and Bryan Avery at the front, one of the directors of SwimTayka who has also been our manager over the past nine months since the team first did our trials in a pool in the Cotswolds.

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We did it in 15 hours and 7 minutes

I was beginning to wonder when it would happen so I didn’t want to risk believing it when we were told it was happening Thursday. My plan was to just carry on as normal so that meant a very tough Spin class followed by an abdominals class on Thursday morning at 6.45am followed by work.

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