A South East RNLI receives almost €10k today from charity swim

Photo: Fethard RNLI

A group of winter swimmers who each braved the elements completing ’12 Swims of Christmas’ during December, raised an amazing €9,150 for the Fethard RNLI, Co. Wexford.

Set up by local artist Helen Mason, this safety conscious swimming group who prefer to swim in numbers, grew from single figures to almost 70. In an effort to stay motivated this December, as the sea temperatures dropped, the group set themselves a goal of 12 swims at Baginbun Beach, and a fundraising target for Fethard RNLI.

Speaking at a presentation today, Sunday 30th January, Helen said; ’To help stay focused, we decided to turn the month of December into a fundraiser for our local RNLI in recognition of the time and dedication given by our local RNLI volunteers. We enjoyed every minute of it, and how we laughed and joked!’

Helen and other swimmers, and their families, presented the cheque today to volunteer Lifeboat fundraising committee member Sarah Bates and Fethard RNLI chairperson Tony Molloy at Fethard RLNI boathouse.

Photo: Fethard RNLI

Commenting on this amazing amount raised, Tony said, ‘It is dedicated fundraisers like Helen and the swimmers that help keep RNLI stations going. As a charity we depend on these generous acts of fundraising to run our station, train our crew, and update our lifesaving equipment.  Thanks to everyone who got involved in the swims and all who logged on to the charity page and made their donation. It is because of everyone involved; we get to save lives at sea.’

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