Baby and child swim school Puddle Ducks hosts a charity PJ Week every year, where the little swimmers and their parents wear their pyjamas in the pool to raise money for charity. This year, they have raised a fabulous £568 in support of Kent Search and Rescue.
The event is lots of fun for everyone involved, but it also teaches the children vital swimming techniques. In particular, being in pyjamas helps them feel what it would be like should they ever accidentally fall into water.
For many children it is also their first introduction to charity fundraising which is developing their community spirit from a young age.
Kent Search and Rescue is a charitable organisation dedicated to assisting the emergency services in the search for and rescue of vulnerable missing persons. Their volunteer members are spread out throughout Kent, and sometimes beyond, giving them the broadest level of cover across the county.
Victoria Rowley, co-owner of Puddle Ducks East Kent, commented: “Kent Search and Rescue is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year. Not everyone realises that they need donations to keep operating their free emergency service, so they rely on the support of the local Kent community.
“Many people can get in trouble in water where the KSR may well offer support, so it has been a pleasure for all our swimmers and their families to raise funds for this wonderful local service during our charity PJ Week.”
Puddle Ducks swims at The Wyvern School and William Harvey Hospital. They provide award winning swimming classes for children from birth to 10 years old. Teachers focus on creating a nurturing environment, which supports independent swimming for children of all abilities.
For more information about Puddle Ducks East Kent, please call 01622 236111 or visit https://www.puddleducks.com/local-teams/east-kent