Water babes splash way to over £15,000 for charity

Torbay Weekly

Swimmers from birth to five-years-old were sponsored to dress up and complete challenges at Mayfield School in Torquay during a special superhero-themed swimming lesson.

Some even choose to dress as their lockdown heroes - celebrating all the doctors, nurses, teachers, delivery people and keyworkers who helped children and families during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Together with 50,000 little Water Babies from across the UK, the event aimed to raise £500,000 for Tommy’s heroes: the doctors, midwives and researchers working to save babies’ lives.

All the money raised at Splashathon will help Tommy’s to support families during pregnancy and baby loss, while their scientists work to find out why pregnancy goes wrong and how it can be prevented.

One in four parents lose a baby during pregnancy or birth, and 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK each year; Tommy’s exists to change these shocking statistics. The charity’s research centres across the country are investigating miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, while its Pregnancy Hub gives families expert information and support through any pregnancy journey.

Kate Evans, from Water Babies Cornwall & South Devon, said: “All of us at Water Babies were really excited to be taking part in the Tommy’s Splashathon. We aimed to raise £10,000 locally and £500,000 nationally – and of course give the children a really exciting class, whilst they fundraise to save other babies’ lives."

The local target now stands at a whopping £15,697.