New Year’s Day charity swim raises £4,365

On 1 January, 230 open water swimmers took to the 5 degrees Celsius waters of Dock 9, Salford Quays to complete a 150m course to celebrate the start of the year and raise money for the Seashell Trust.

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Organised by outdoor swimming specialists Uswim, the annual event provided expert water safety cover with daredevil swimmers of all ages completing the course.

The swim raised £4,365 for the Seashell Trust charity, who provide a creative, happy and secure environment for children and adults with complex and severe learning disabilities. A food collection also provided the foodbank at the Well Baptist Church in Farnworth, Bolton with a vanload of food

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Dave Quartermain, director of Uswim said: “Throughout the year our open water swims and events in the Dock attract over 20,000 swimmers so our annual ‘New Years Day Charity Swim’ is a way of giving something back and is a challenging, fun way to start the year! All our brilliant staff gave their time up for free because it’s for such a great cause”

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.