This year the Henley Mermaids, a group of friends connected by swimming, have partnered with Surfers Against Sewage to raise awareness of the visible and invisible pollution impacting our waterways. As part of their campaign, the Henley Mermaids have organised a clean up of the river Thames on 8th May in Henley and are inviting all to join.
The cleanup will see the Henley Mermaids join forces with the Henley Rotary Club to help improve the quality of the area for swimming and wildlife. Starting at 10am, the cleanup will take place from Shiplake lock to Hurley, and will involve litter picking on the river banks, as well as swimmers, kayakers, paddleboarders and people in small boats working together in the water to remove debris from the river.
The Rotary Club's national initiative to get communities engaged in the cleanup of local bodies of water is scheduled to happen on the weekend of 7th-8th May, and the Henley Mermaids will be joining forces with the Henley Rotary Club to host the Henley cleanup.
"Our aim with this is to create awareness and get community engagement in the cause." Commented Joan Fennelly of the Mermaids.
The five swimmers are also set to take on multiple challenges this year to raise awareness of water pollution, including their second attempt of the Bristol Channel this July, the North Channel in June and the Thames from source to Henley in stages. Keep an eye on their website to stay up to date.