Wigton Baths Trust would like to offer our congratulations and support to all members of the 7,7,7 Lakes Swim Challenge team whose incredible efforts will raise money for both Eden Valley Hospice and Hospice at home.
Read below to see what they are doing and how they’ve used the facilities at Wigton Baths to help them achieve their goals.
Swimmers Stephen Wharton, John Harrison, Victoria Wharton, Cameron Harrison, Paul Harrison, Tracy Harrison, Rachel Harrison, Paul Benson, Shelly Harrison, Judy Williamson, Callie Paterson, Julie Wills, Lucy Harrison and Graham Little.
We are raising money for two local charities who do amazing work and need our support to continue- Eden Valley Hospice and Hospice at home. W/C 16 July 2017 we are swimming in 7 different lakes, across 7 days covering 7 miles- 777 lakes swim challenge. Together we have set ourselves this personal challenge to help raise some much needed funds for the two charities whom are close to all our hearts. EVH and HaH provide high quality of care and support for adults who are palliative and end of life care needs, enabling them and their carers to live life as fully and as independently as possible. Care and support is individualised and strives to provide choice at all stages of illness and the end of a persons life. Care and support provided through the services also extends to family members and carers.
We have been overwhelmed with the response so far and would like to thank each and every one of you who are supporting us in every way. Support is so encouraging to us and it means a lot to us all.
We have trained all winter at Wigton baths with a special mention to Frank Pattinson who has improved our technique and ability to conquer this challenge. He has pushed us to their max. He introduced an extra training slot solely for our benefit.
Our age ranges from 14 years old to 48 years old with all abilities. One of our swimmers have not swam since primary school and has really enjoyed getting back into it. All of our swimmers have a story, two of our swimmers have had shoulder operations not that long ago some have a fear of lake swimming one swimmer was roped in by a kind sponsor saying if she done it he would double his money! For some they accepted the challenge as part of a ‘bucket list’ they made. Cameron went along with his dad to train and wanted to do it.
We are carrying out our usual working day then heading straight to the lake to swim.
The support we are getting at our swims is truly over whelming and certainly helping us achieve this. Some supporters are cycling miles to watch.
We all lead busy working life’s as well as contending with family life, swimming has been our focus for several months now.
We are overwhelmed with Wigton Baths fitness training club whom have helped and encouraged though out our training and during the challenge.
Lake s: Wastwater- Sunday, Crummock Water- Monday, Bassenthwaite lake – Tuesday ,Ullswater -Wednesday, Buttermere- Thursday, Derwent Water- Friday and Coniston Water- Saturday.
Our local businesses families and friends have kindly contributed amazing raffle prizes and we are so grateful for this.
On Saturday 22nd July after our swim we are all meeting at The Wheatsheaf Abbeytown at 6pm for a BBQ, raffle, disco, fun and games.
Everyone is welcome to join us and help us celebrate this amazing achievement.