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Double last year’s total in 30 Bays swimming fundraiser

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CHARITY fundraiser 30 Bays in 30 Days has gone swimmingly since the first strokes on Wednesday, with a record-breaking number of participants.

Morgan James, far right, and friends will try to tackle the 30 bays together. The other swimmers, from the left, are Mel Torode, Louise Manklow, Claire Wakefield, Emma Stafford-Bell, Kat Wallbridge and Ella James. (Picture supplied by Morgan James)

Usually group swims are held at the start and on the final day, but the first did not take place to ease safety concerns.

A record number of swimmers have dived in to raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, almost doubling last year’s figures.

‘We’ve had over 1,400 registrations so far. Last year we had just over 800, which was a record, but this has completely blown that away. We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who signed up,’ said hospice fundraising administrator Liz Stonebridge.

Additional print runs for starting packs were needed but local suppliers met demand quickly.

‘All packs for people registered so far have been sent, so if you haven’t received yours yet it is coming, with huge thanks to Guernsey Post for their support.

‘It’s been so busy that the scale of numbers involved hasn’t really sunk in yet. I just hope that people love the event and getting in the sea as much as I do.’

Registration will be open for all of July.

Sharing group swim photos on social media is encouraged through #30B30Dgroupswim to compensate for the cancelled start and close swims.

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Morgan James is one of the people taking part.

‘We love doing 30 Bays in 30 Days and have done it every year, discovering bays we never would have before,’ she said.

‘It’s an amazing way to enjoy our beautiful island while raising funds for Les Bourgs, our incredible hospice.’

‘We always try to get a really big group because it’s more fun, but that can be quite a challenge when it comes to beaches such as Le Jaonnet, which is only accessible by ladder.’

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Jacqueline Hunt of Guernsey Swimming Adventures said: ‘Butterfield Bank sponsored a group entry to help kick-start fundraising for Les Bourgs Hospice, so we have 70-plus swimmers doing the event.’

Usually GSA and Butterfield organise a Cobo Swim Festival in June.

‘With more swimmers taking to open water, GSA recommends following this guidance,’ she said.

. Stay safe, be seen and enjoy.

. Know the tides and weather conditions.

. Tell friends or family where you are swimming.

. Swim with company either in, on, or by the water.

. Wear a brightly-coloured swim cap.

. Consider using a tow float and wearing a wetsuit early and late season.

. Bring warm clothes, a woolly hat and a warm drink.

Emily Hubert

By Emily Hubert
News reporter

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