Splashing time for young swimmers

Water Babies helper Lisa Marie Coates, right, along with, from left, Dave Coates and baby Elody, Katy O'Malley with Sam and Rowan, and Samantha Coates of Water Babies with George and Henry. (1107132AM)

Water Babies helper Lisa Marie Coates, right, along with, from left, Dave Coates and baby Elody, Katy O'Malley with Sam and Rowan, and Samantha Coates of Water Babies with George and Henry. (1107132AM)

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YOUNG swimmers at the Water Babies club in Ripon have held a sponsored ‘splashathon’ to raise money for a good cause.

Around 30 members of the club took part in the event held at the swimming pool at the city’s Royal British Legion care home, Lister House, in aid of Tommy’s, the baby charity which funds research into pregnancy problems and complications such as miscarriage, premature births and stillborn babies.

The children took part in various activities such as relays and swimming through hoops which, together with the efforts of Water Babies clubs across the country, has helped raise more than £250,000 for the charity nationally with money still rolling in.

“It was a fun-packed day and the toddlers were excited because they all knew it was a special occasion,” said Lisa-Marie Coates, whose children – Elody, George and Henry – attend Water Babies in Ripon which is run by her sister, Samantha Coates.

Water Babies holds its national fundraising splashathons every two years.

Jane Brewin, chief executive of Tommy’s, said: “We are so grateful to the support that Water Babies provides. There’s a natural synergy between our two organisations in that Water Babies works to protect the lives of the babies we work so hard to help be born.”