Swimmers Smash 10km Challenge for Chiltern Centre

A group of swimmers who call themselves ‘Swim to Live’ who met originally a few years ago whilst swimming at the public sessions at Henley Leisure Centre took on their Christmas challenge again this year to swim 10km to raise money for The Chiltern Centre.

They now swim together 3 times a week, two in public sessions and one a closed group session early in the mornings.  They started the Christmas challenge in 2014 and were returning this year after a 2 year break because of the Covid.

The Chiltern Centre offers respite care for young people with disabilities.

20 swimmers took part using four lanes with 10 of them completing the full distance.  This year there were 2 young swimmers – Leonora (aged 8) and Romilly (aged 10) McQuillan who swim for Wycombe Swimming Club.  They completed an amazing 5000m between them.

Mike Whitworth who organises the event said, “We were delighted to support the Chiltern Centre once again at this tough time for raising funds. In true festive spirit 22 Swim to Live swimmers from Henley completed the 10k pool swim challenge. With the support of family and friends on poolside counting and giving us much needed support, encouragement, drinks and food to get us through the 3hrs challenge.”

The swim has already raised over £1500 for The Chiltern Centre.  Ruth Siddorn, Community Fundraiser at The Chiltern Centre said, “We’re incredibly grateful that they have chosen The Chiltern Centre again for their sponsored swim.  It’s an incredible feat as I know what swimming is like and 10km in a pool is really hard.  It’s going to be tough but it’s going to be worth for all the money that they raise.”

If you still wish to donate please go to  https://www.collectionpot.com/pot/3049018/