Little swimmers in their pyjamas had a splashing time and raised £450 for Rainbows Hospice, Nottingham Neonatal Unit and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice during their charity Puddle Ducks swimming event.
The baby and children swim school, Puddle Ducks, host a charity PJ Week each year, where children raise money for a local cause by learning water safety dressed in their favourite pyjamas.
This year, Rainbows Hospice, Nottingham Neonatal Unit and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice are Puddle Ducks chosen charities.
Rainbows Hospice is the East Midlands only hospice for children and young people. It is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support.
The incredible team help relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, care for children at the end of life and support parent and sibling through their bereavement.
Nottingham Neonatal Unit, part of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, helps new born and premature babies get the best start in life. Several of the Puddle Ducks swimmers have benefited from this unit.
Bluebell Wood children’s Hospice in Sheffield offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at the hospice.
Little ones love swimming in their pyjamas but besides raising money for the charities, there is a serious reason behind the fun event as they are learning a valuable life skill.
Most people come into danger around water while fully clothed. Being in pyjamas provides a good indication of what it would be like and gives them confidence and skills should they ever be in a dangerous situation.
Liz Gabriel, co-owner of Puddle Ducks Nottinghamshire, said: “We’re so proud of all the children, past and present, who swim with us and took part in our charity pyjama event.
“They all came eager to learn and dressed head to toe in their pyjamas and this continues to be the highlight of our year.
“Here at Puddle Ducks we want every child to love swimming, respect the water and swim beautifully.
“This is why we make sure our classes are fun and sociable for both parents and children alike.
“In addition, our lessons also ensure that children are taught vital safety and survival skills, which could save their lives should they ever find themselves in danger in the water.
“We were shocked to hear that the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) recently reported that one in three children are unable to swim when they leave primary school.
“This really highlights how important it is for our little ones to learn to swim from a young age when they can learn at their own pace.”
Liz and Phil Gabriel, owners of Puddle Ducks Nottinghamshire, own The Key Health Club in Keyworth, a health and fitness club that is home to one of the pools where some of Puddle Ducks lessons take place.
Puddle Ducks provides innovative swimming classes for babies, toddlers and children. Teachers focus on creating a nurturing environment, which supports independent swimming for children of all abilities.
For more information Puddle Ducks please call 07906191504 or visit https://www.puddleducks.com/local-teams/nottinghamshire-north-leicestershire-south-yorkshire.