Swimmers take the plunge for Demelza

31 January 2017
More than 50 daring divers braved the winter chills and plunged into the outdoor waters of Charlton Lido to raise funds for Demelza.

Among them was Adam Phillips, from Maidstone and brother of the late Demelza Phillips, after whom the charity was named. Adam took on a whopping 2km challenge along with 20 other brave swimmers including Mary Groutage from Lee whose 2-year old nephew, Harry, is supported by Demelza in Eltham.

Swimmers were aged from 6 to 72 and swam distances from 100 metres (two lengths) to 2km (40 lengths), raising vital funds to help with our work.

Some of them took the plunge wearing fancy dress and a host of singing fish from the Bexleyheath Rock Choir along with characters from Star Wars and Minions could be found bobbing about in the pool during the course of the afternoon.

Entrants were rewarded with hot drinks and refreshments after the swim as well as a commemorative Snowflake Swim medal.

The Snowflake Swim took place at Charlton Lido in Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill, on Sunday (January 29).

Events Co-ordinator Gemma Murray, who took part in the swim herself, said: “We were really pleased to see so many people embracing this chilly challenge again this year.
“Last year our swimmers raised an incredible £20,473 and we would love this year’s brave participants to beat that!”

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