This year, Flitwick Dolphins Swimming Club has been busy with fundraising ventures. In the run-up to Easter, the club held a competition to guess the name of the Big Fluffy Bunny, which raised a fabulous £100 for the club. The name was pulled from a hat by Chairman and Acting Head Coach, Nigel Halford.  Congratulations to the lucky winner, Alexa Johnson, who had chosen the name ‘Tabby’.

One of the club’s swimmers, Emily Cullen, took part in this year’s Swimathon at Flitwick Leisure Centre for her 5th consecutive year. The Swimathon raises money for Marie Curie Cancer and Sport Relief.  Emily has gradually increased her distance from 1km five years ago to 3k this year, which she completed in just 55 minutes, taking only 3 more minutes than the 2.5k last year.  So far this year Emily has raised £450, which makes a total of almost £3000 raised over the last 5 years.

Two of the swimmers’ mums, Sue Hickmott and Clare Brown, will be walking the 26.2 mile London Moon Walk on the 14th May in aid of the Walk the Walk Breast Cancer Charity.  As well as training hard for their walk, they have also been busy knitting well over 300 chicks and bunnies, each one taking about 1 hour to make. They have had help from Clare’s mum, Evelyn Bailey, and Sue’s sister, Linda Tilburn, and mum Pat Neale, sewing the finishing touches and popping a Cadbury Cream Egg, kindly donated by Nisa and Bookers, into each of them. They have raised an eggmazing £700 by selling them at training sessions.

Once Sue’s fingers have recovered, she will be teaching a few of the other parents knitting skills so that they can make knitted Christmas tree decorations for sale during December 2016.