Porthcawl’s festive swim proves a huge splash, bringing in a record £22k for …

It was a milestone year and organisers were determined to ensure it created a bigger splash than ever.

And it seems the 50th annual Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim did exactly that, after a record £22,000 was raised by daring participants and their generous supporters.

Porthcawl Buckaneers, organisers of the swim and the annual carnival, announced the staggering amount during their presentation evening last Friday.

The money will now be donated to 25 charities and organisations selected by the committee, with the swim’s two main beneficiaries – Sandville Self Help Group and Ty Hafan – each receiving a boost of more than £4,000 to their coffers.

Both charities were presented with their cheques by Porthcawl Mayor, Councillor Sean Aspey, during the evening.

Kerry Marlow and Jeff Tombes, representing the Buckaneers, presented cheques to Porthcawl Sea Cadets, Porthcawl Mayors Charity Fund, Porthcawl Parkinson’s Support Group, Porthcawl Community Orchestra, Trinity Care Club, Porthcawl Kidney Research, Porthcawl Rock Club, Porthcawl Y Centre, St. John Ambulance, Bridgend Talking Books, Porthcawl Fire Service, Ty Elis Counselling, Porthcawl RNLI, Kenfig Hill RFC’s Junior Section, The Wallich Homeless Charity, Heol y Goedwig Allotment Society, Porthcawl RFC’s Junior Section, The Samaritans, Porthcawl and Pyle Pumas Amateur Boxing Club, Porthcawl Museum and Historical Society, Porthcawl Town Athletic FC, Porthcawl Coastguard Unit and Porthcawl Stroke Club.



Enjoy the thrills and chills of the Porthcawl Xmas swim


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The Buckaneers’ Dave King MBE said: “There was tremendous goodwill demonstrated amongst our guests, they each commit many hours for the benefit of our community and we were delighted to give them some financial help.”

Mr King went on to thank Porthcawl Ukulele Band for providing excellent entertainment following the presentation.

During the evening, the Buckaneers also revealed this year’s carnival will be held on July 18, with a science fiction theme.

An open meeting will be held at the Hi Tide Inn, Mackworth Road, Porthcawl, on Tuesday, March 17, to seek individuals and organisations willing to help at the event, and to discuss entries for procession’s floats and walkers.

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