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Closed 05/08/2021

raised of £7,500 target by 427 supporters

    Weʼve raised £14,339 to fund sensory swimming equipment for children with profound and multiple disabilities at Fordwater School, Chichester

    East Wittering, West Sussex, UK
    Funded on Thursday, 5th August 2021

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    In July, we are swimming the English Channel to raise money for children at Fordwater School in Chichester with profound and multiple learning disabilities, so they can enjoy a multisensory hydrotherapy pool like the one below

    For many children at Fordwater School, swimming and immersing in warm water is the best part of their week.

    The buoyancy the children feel once in the water and out of their wheelchairs enables them to relax and float and move in a way it is impossible for them to do on 'dry land'. The therapeutic benefit of warm water helps relieve pain from contracted muscles, stiff joints and uncomfortable spasms.

    But most of all the children just LOVE being in the pool.

    He comes alive in the water, like a completely different child

    The school needs help to update and add new equipment to their hydrotherapy pool to be able to deliver high quality therapeutic interventions, so needed by the the children.

    The Jolly Swimmers are raising money to purchase:

    A Bubble Creator

    A Shower Cloud

    A variety of lights and projectors

    Specilaised Float Aids

    2 Sensa-Floats

    Fordwater school is a wonderful special school in Chichester for pupils with severe or profound learning difficulties. Some pupils have shortened lives, multiple & sensory impairments and physical disabilities and autism.

    The Jolly Swimmers are a small group of amateur sea swimmers. The Channel Relay Team is: Adriano, Ellie, Emma, Frith, Kathryn, Maria, Marit and Toby. Tim is our coach and Paula is our key training partner.

    We swim all year round in the sea in the Witterings, whatever the weather!

    We understand the amazing benefits getting in the water makes to our physical health and mental well-being (which is why we hurl ourselves into the wind and waves most days!).

    By swimming the Channel together as a team, we hope to raise at least £5000 to buy the sensory equipment and swimming aids to support the children in the water.

    Swimming the English Channel is a unique and demanding swim, considered by many to be the ultimate long distance challenge. It will take between 12 - 18 hours of swimming in unpredictable conditions and including through the night. We will be swimming through one of the worlds busiest shipping lanes, possiblly encountering jellyfish, planks of wood, seaweed, at the same time as managing sea-sickness and the cold. The sea temperature in July ranges from 14 - 18 degrees ( no wetsuits allowed )

    We have officially started our training both in wetsuits ( to practice distance ) and out of wetsuits (to adapt to the cold. )

    and to get used to swimming in the dark ....

    Every penny raised goes directly to the school. All Jolly Swimmers cover their own costs.



    • Jolly Swimmers8 months ago
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      Jolly Swimmers

      8 months ago

      Amazing morning of swimming in perfect conditions. The whole team have now qualified and have been signed off! France, here we come...... Please continue to share and support our fundraising. Thank you.

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    • Jolly Swimmers8 months ago
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      8 months ago

      Another bumpy cold one!. An hour in , an hour out and another 45 mins back in. Off to Dover for a training swim soon. Thank you all for your donations. We hope to hit 6K soon.!!

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    • Jolly Swimmers8 months ago
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      8 months ago

      Tough swims today. Cold, rainy and grey! 45 minute swim, 1hour out, then back in for another 40 mins. Air temp 9° and sea temp12°. Thank you to our coach, Tim Strange for messing with our minds 🤪 and for pushing us. BRRRRR🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️

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    Page last updated on: 7/30/2021 08.15



    • The Lee Family

      The Lee Family

      Jul 30, 2021

      Fabulous Frith! You’re are hero 🦸🏻‍♀️


    • Daniel Macaulay

      Daniel Macaulay

      Jul 28, 2021

      Well done guys. Amazing effort!!!


    • Aunt Gwenda

      Aunt Gwenda

      Jul 28, 2021

      Well done Toby and Kathryn


    • Jenny


      Jul 26, 2021

      Wow, in awe! An amazing achievement for an fantastic cause!


    • Daisy


      Jul 23, 2021

      Frith, thanks for selling my FitFlops on Ebay.... the cash is for your Jolly cause... xxxx


    • Simon Ballard

      Simon Ballard

      Jul 22, 2021

      A great achievement for a wonderful cause, well done team!


    • Helen Squier

      Helen Squier

      Jul 21, 2021

      Well done to all of you.A brilliant achievement !


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    Jolly Swimmers

    Jolly Swimmers

    East Wittering, West Sussex, UK

    The Jolly Swimmers are a local group of friends who swim all through the year off Joliffe Rd in the Witterings. We swim for fun, fitness and well-being and try to live our lives the 'Jolly Way! ' We love our swimming and like to help good causes through it!

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