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Sunday 15 September 2019

Fingal water babies swim for charity

Water Babies, Ireland's leading baby and toddler swim school are very proud to announce that their little swimmers from Fingal, who took part in Water Babies Splashathon 2015 and have helped raised €16,000 for four children's charities.

The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, the Children's Unit in Cork University Hospital, Hand in Hand in Galway and Kilkenny's Down Syndrome Branch all benefited from the little swimmers' efforts.

The Jack & Jill Foundation, which has assisted 462 families in Dublin since 1997 and is currently supporting 58 families in the county, will receive €10,000 which will fund 625 hours of nursing care and support for children with severe neurological development issues, as well as offering some respite to the parents and families.

Water Babies Splashathon, which took place earlier this year, also raised vital funds for the Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland (€2,000), The Children's Unit in Cork University Hospital (€2,000) and Hand in Hand based in Galway (€2,000) which helps the families' of young cancer patients.

During Water Babies Splashathon fundraising week, babies and toddlers who attend classes in Fingal completed sponsored challenges in Water Babies classes, from swimming solo underwater to swimming through a hoop or even completing a 'Splashathon' circuit challenge in the pool!

Carol McNally who runs Water Babies classes across Dublin said: 'We are delighted we have been able to raise €16,000 for a number of children's charities this year.

'Water Babies Splashathon has raised over €116,000 euros since we launched Water Babies in Ireland six years ago.'

Jonathan Irwin CEO of Jack & Jill said 'We are so proud and honoured to be one of Water Babies Splashathon's recipient charities.

'Every cent raised will fund vital home nursing hours for sick children in every community in Ireland.

'On behalf of all the families we support today, I thank all involved.'

Since it was co-founded by Paul Thompson in 2002, Water Babies has grown into the world's largest baby swim school, today teaching more than 41,000 babies every week through a network of family businesses across the UK and Ireland.

Having fun and enjoying the water is the primary aim - so Water Babies rarely feel like they are in a lesson.

However because the course is highly structured, most will happily be swimming distances underwater by about 30 months, then naturally start swimming on the surface as their strength increases.

Water Babies is the only baby swimming school with its own pool consultancy service, passing on its expertise to pools across the UK and Ireland.

Water Babies is also the only swim company to have its own in-house, award-winning underwater baby photography unit.

For further information on Water Babies and local classes run by the organisation, please log onto its Irish website at www.waterbabies.ie

Congratulations to everyone involved in this year's fundraiser, especially the little splashers.

Fingal Independent

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