Splash Now, which launches today, is a fantastic fun way for your little ones to splish, splash, splosh their way to raising funds and awareness for Meningitis Now.
We are hugely excited to announce that we’ll be running this event in partnership with the Swimming Teachers' Association (STA), a national governing body for swimming and lifesaving with more than 12,000 members around the country.
And we’re even more excited to announce that our top individual fundraiser will win an incredible prize of a family day pass to Alton Towers, including access to their very own waterpark – and that there are bags full of swimming goodies, books and unique event merchandise for our top fundraising group.
One reason Splash Now is so simple is because you can do it in your own time and in your own way. At your local pool, in your back garden, even in the sea during the summer holidays – all you need is some water and some children and let the fun begin!Have fun, keep fit, cool down
Launching the event, Meningitis Now’s Community Fundraising Manager Tracey Lee said she was sure this would be one of our most popular events.
“Swimming is such a popular way for babies, toddlers and children to have fun, keep fit, and cool down all at the same time, so we thought it would be a great way to also help raise funds,” she said.
“It’s simple, it’s enjoyable and it’s open for everyone – whatever their age or ability.”
Tracey said there were lots of different challenges that your little splashers could take on, from jumping into a paddling pool to swimming lengths. The only rule was that it had to somehow involve water.
“We’ve got loads of great ideas in our special Splash Now fundraising pack if you need inspiration,” she said. “And we can help you decide the best way to use the event to raise funds for us too."
“Splash Now was inspired by the story of a very special girl, Clara Fox, who very sadly passed away aged just 10 months in 2010."
“Clara’s family has been so inspirational and worked closely with us to come up with the concept of Splash Now and help us put the whole thing together. What’s lovely is that anyone who takes part in the event will get a special thank you directly from the Fox family.”
Zoe Cooper, STA’s Sales and Marketing Director, said they were delighted to be partnering with Meningitis Now. “Both charities share a common aim of saving lives through education and awareness, so it is fantastic that we can collaborate on this fundraising campaign,” she said.
“By combining our resources and skillsets, we’ve created a really fun campaign that learners of all ages and abilities can take part in – all while raising awareness and funds for Meningitis Now.”
One mum who would encourage as many people as possible to take part is Puddle Ducks swimming teacher Natasha Harris, whose son Hudson contracted meningitis last year.
“My son was only three months when we noticed he was unwell,” Natasha told us.
“We thought it was just a cold – he had a high temperature and was drowsy. He’d been to the doctor and we knew something was wrong with him, but we just couldn’t put our finger on it.
“After a few more days with a high temperature, we took him back to the doctors and we all agreed together to go to hospital.”
When Hudson arrived at the hospital, the doctor gave him a lumbar puncture – and soon after that he started to develop a rash. He was hooked straight up to a cannula and admitted to hospital, where he spent a week being given antibiotics and monitored regularly. Thankfully, Hudson recovered from meningitis and is now a healthy and happy 15-month-old.
Now her son is better, mum Natasha urged parents to get involved with Splash Now – not just to help raise money for Meningitis Now but also because of the benefits swimming could bring.
“It’s really beneficial for all ages but especially for younger children,” she said.
“It helps build their confidence, it’s good to build muscles and for their heart – and it’s a lovely bonding time between parent and child."
“Overall though, it’s just super fun!"
“I think everyone should get involved with Splash Now to raise vital funds to help support families who have been through meningitis and to raise awareness of all the signs and symptoms that could hopefully save a life”.
To find out more about Splash Now and to sign up please visit our Splash Now event page.