Join the We Remember Them Relay and support frontline workers

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In December last year Outdoor Swimmer put a call-out for swimmers to join a virtual relay in support of frontline workers. Since then the project has gone from strength to strength and the We Remember Them 2021 relay – a national, multi-activity, virtual relay – will take place in the summer and autumn of 2021. We are proud to support We Remember Them 2021 and its goal of raising money and bringing people together to remember and support frontline workers and their work in the pandemic. The UK-wide relay will fundraise for the Laura Hyde Foundation, which provides mental health support and awareness to frontline medical workers.

Entries are now open and challenges are being planned around the country. Get involved on your own, with a group of friends or join one of the fun WRT2021 challenges taking place in different venues around the country. Hundreds of swimmers, runners, cyclists, canoeists, climbers and cheese rollers have already signed up. Entry is free and you and your friends can swim, run, ride, paddle, row, climb, dog walk, hike, scuba dive… Whatever you want to do!

How it works

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The virtual relay will take place in the summer and autumn of 2021. Teams and individuals will carry WRT2021 batons in virtual relay legs around the UK as they fundraise for the Laura Hyde Foundation, a small charity that is trying "to ensure all medical and emergency services personnel have access to the best mental health support network".

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Swimmers across the country have dreamt up their own unique challenges – from island challenges to river adventures

Some of the relay teams will visit frontline workers in hospitals, care homes, and ambulance stations and read them a poem carried inside their batons to remember and thank them for everything they’re doing. The final legs of the relay will converge on Plymouth for the finish. Plymouth is where Laura Hyde was working before she died; it was Laura’s suicide that inspired the launch of the Laura Hyde Foundation.

Find out more and get involved: https://wrt-laurahydefoundatio...

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