Club swimmers were unable to take part in the usual Swimathon raising funds for ShelterBox, so they formed a virtual team. Club members gave donations rather than their usual sponsorship and the total with Gift Aid was £578.
ShelterBox provides essentials such as tents, cooking utensils, water purification kits and much more to families suffering natural or man made diasters all over the world.
Club members have swum in the Swimathon for over 25 years and for ShelterBox since 2009 supplying over 10 ShelterBoxes which have been deployed all over the world including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Japan. Women and girls tend to be most affected in disaster areas. This may be due to the direct effect of the disaster, or infections, sexual violence or human trafficking.