‘All Things Christmas’ is Porthcawl’s festive morning swim theme

Thursday, 15 December 2016

By GEM Staff Reporter

in Charity

This year marks the 52nd Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim and organisers are hoping a record number of swimmers will take part to support LATCH (the Welsh children’s cancer charity) and other local charities.

Following last year’s successful record charity event, when 900-plus registered swimmers took a dip at Porthcawl’s Sandy Bay, organisers have decided this year’s theme for those who swim in fancy dress will be ‘All Things Christmas’, adding to another great family Christmas atmosphere and another very successful swim.

Spokesperson Marilyn Smith said: ‘Some friends of the Swim travel home for Christmas, so we get swimmers and spectators from all over the UK and abroad.

Last year, we had visitors from New Zealand, Canada and Germany, besides those who come from south Wales – all to enjoy a festive morning at Sandy Bay, Porthcawl.

“The arrangements on the morning will follow last year’s changes, in that as swimmers register, they will receive their commemorative mug before the Swim; whether they have registered online or on the morning, they must come to the registration desk from 10:30am onwards.

“Swimmers will leave the Hi Tide Inn, Mackworth Road and gather at the top of the beach for the start at 11:45am. We are planning to have the ‘start arch’ (weather permitting) erected on the beach so that every swimmer will file through in a similar way to last year and at other large events.

“Porthcawl Coastguard will signal the start and veteran swimmers Vic Davies and Chris Hughes both from Porthcawl and the only two swimmers that have taken part in all of the previous swims, will lead the swimmers down the beach through the spectators. Running up to Christmas, our small committee have to work tirelessly to raise enough money to fund the cost of the Swim, the souvenir programmes and the much sought-after Swim mugs. The main aim is to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities.

“Therefore we are relying on ‘you’ to help, either by swimming and getting sponsorship to support us, or if you are a spectator, by giving generously to our bucket collection.

“The more money we collect, the more we can give away. We are also appealing for the volunteers to support us as collectors and marshals: details of how to register an interest can be found on our website.”

Chairman Dave King, said: ‘This year the ‘Swim’ committee have chosen to donate money collected at the swim and via swimmers’ sponsorship to LATCH, who work with so much love and devotion for children with cancer. As in previous years, we will also support other local organisations.

“A total of £8,400 was donated after the 51st swim last year, so with your help, maybe we can exceed this amount. Our promise is to give every penny that is collected on Christmas morning via the bucket collection and through swimmers’ sponsorship to our chosen beneficiaries.

“Our sponsorship forms are available from our website – www.christmasswim.org – or at the Town Council Offices, Jane’s Cards, John Street, and Porthcawl Library.

“We thank all the individuals and businesses who help us in so many ways to be able to put the ‘Swim’ on. We invite you to join in the fun, either as a swimmer or spectator: come and soak up the festive family atmosphere. We are overwhelmed in the way the event has been so well supported in previous years.

“We continue to have record swimmers, spectators and collections. Help us to make the 52nd event equally successful.”

On an official note we need to point out that the Christmas Morning Swim committee hold the licence to collect money on Christmas Day; therefore, any collecting of money at the event, other than by our official collectors, is prohibited.

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