Milverton, Somerset

Wivey WiLDCATS zero to hero charity swim

Nine young children from throughout the 10 Parishes are training to swim 12km from Westbay to Lyme Regis, hoping to raise money to help secure the future of the Wivey outdoor pool. None swim with swimming clubs, most have learned to swim in Wivey pool itself.

After 4 months of no swimming, due to Covid 19 lockdown, they started training in April and have been hard at it every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. They will attempt to complete the swim in 4 relays of 2/3 persons. They will swim for approximately 60 minutes each to replicate an English Channel relay crossing and are being coached by Wivey Lifeguards, Hamish and Emma, who are experienced Channel swimmers, as well as qualified open water swimming coaches.

The young children, aged 11-14 will brave jellyfish, the cold and tides in Lyme Bay with the weather window being set for the start of August. They attended their first ever sea swim training session on Sunday 13th June.

The open-air swimming pool, a registered charity, is still operating well below its normal levels after being closed because of Lockdown. Consequently, revenues are down because of its adherence to the Covid 19 government guidelines. We don’t qualify for government support so we are all doing our best to help secure its future. Raising monies to help re-tank the pool not only helps keep the water in but will go a long way to ensuring the pool can go on serving the community for another 94 years.

They have set up a Go Fund Me Page