Steph’s Swimathon for Rainbows

Message from Bramcote SC coach, Steph

Myself and 2 of my PhD colleagues are competing in an Olympic distance triathlon relay on June 24th in Birmingham in aid of Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough. As the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, Rainbows is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. The incredible team of people help relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, support parents and siblings through their bereavements and care for children until the end. The 3 of us went for a tour of the hospice in January and we were really taken aback by how everyone there goes above and beyond what might be expected of them to brighten the short lives of the children and young people who come to Rainbows and support their loved ones through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We met a lady and her son and they thanked us for our fundraising efforts and explained how Rainbows has made their family realise what happiness feels like again. It truly is an amazing place and we want to do everything we can to raise as much money as possible in the run up to the triathlon.

As part of our fundraising efforts, we are organising a Swimathon type event on May 22nd at Bramcote Leisure Centre (which is hopefully where you come in!). The plan for the evening would be to get as many of the swimmers involved as possible with the target of swimming the distance from the pool in Bramcote to the Olympic pool in London (234km) in the space of 3 hours (6.30-9.30pm)! Swimmers from the following squads can take part:

Academy Red Group

Academy Pre-squad

Skill Development 1,2 & 3

Competition Development




Nova swimmers welcome too, though we know there is a clash with training for many of you.

A donation of £5 for each participating swimmer (to be collected on the night) is required which will go straight towards contributing to our overall fundraising target. There will also be a cake sale and donation buckets on the night for you to drop any spare change into.

We hope to get some of the older and younger swimmers together to keep each other going and build some inter-squad camaraderie therefore please email me on with which hour slot(s) (6.30-7.30pm/7.30-8.30pm/8.30-9.30pm) would be possible for you to do and we’ll try to arrange everyone into similar sized waves. Parents, we do require your help as lap counters so your help would be very appreciated whilst your child is swimming. Please e-mail me on to let me know what time you are available on the night.

If you want to read a little more about what we’re doing, the link to our Just Giving page is

Thank you so so much for all your support!

Best wishes,


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