Upminster Water Babies pool hosts sponsored ‘splashathon’ for pregnancy charity Tommy’s

PUBLISHED: 15:46 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:46 19 August 2013

The Galpins in their prizewinning pirate costumes

The Galpins in their prizewinning pirate costumes


“Peppa Pig, princesses and pirates” was the theme of a sponsored “splashathon” event in Upminster last month.

Water Babies, a company that teaches young children swimming skills, ran the charity event across its centres nationwide – including the Sycamores pool in Hacton Lane.

Staff asked parents to raise cash for Tommy’s, which funds research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

Then on the day each little swimmer completed a swimming challenge in costume.

Water Babies Essex, which also covers east London, awarded prizes for the best costumes in the region – and Daniel and Matthew Galpin, of Gidea Park, took second place with their timber-shivering outfits.

Water Babies Essex raised £9,529 for Tommy’s this year, beating its 2011 total by nearly £300.

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