The Martlets Hospice, which provides end of life care services to adults with terminal illness in Brighton, has launched its latest fundraising challenge, the ‘Saltwater Splash.’
The sponsored sea-swim will take place on Sunday 30 August, from Brighton Beach’s Yellowave Sports Venue. There are two distances to choose from, a 750m (1 lap) swim and a 1,500m (2 laps) swim.
Swimmers already signed up include community nurse Shelia O’Toole: “Without the support and specialist advice available from the hospice, many of my patients would probably need repeated hospital admissions, especially for complicated symptom control.
“But with the help of the Martlets, my colleagues and I are able to keep them in their own homes with their friends and family nearby, which is understandably where they would rather be.”
Clem Hunnisett, community events fundraiser for the Martlets, said: “This is our first sea-swim challenge, no-one else is offering this kind of event and we are really excited about it. With a mass start from the beach, participants will swim either one or two laps around the buoyed triangular course before crossing the finishing line back on the beach.
“All money raised from the Saltwater Splash will help us care for local families when they need us most.”
It is £30 to take part in the Saltwater Splash, and the Martlets are asking everyone who signs up to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.
To find out more or to register online, visit the Martlets Hospice website www.themartlets.org.uk/seaswim