A magnificent £1,855.80 was raised to support the Ruben’s Voice concert in a sponsored swim held by the South Holderness Swimming Club.
34 swimmers aged 6 – 18 took to the swimming pool in Preston and between them completed 2,787 25m lengths in just an hour! Under the supervision of head coach Steve Whitehead, two 1-hour-long sessions were held, one for older competitive swimmers and another for the younger members. One young swimmer completed 12 lengths in that hour that’s 300 metres, a major achievement, whilst one of the older swimmers completed 152 lengths in the 60 minute period!
The efforts involved in the swimming and the monies raised were “incredible” said Ruben’s Voice Concert organiser Katy Smith. “As equally important as the swimming and the money though, was that people in the Club and their parents were talking about the issues that led to Ruben’s death. The Concert was advertised on the sponsor forms. They were raising awareness that it’s great to talk about our feelings, and that help is there if we need it, we just have to accept the help on offer.”
Katy has inspired many people to get involved and help organise the Ruben’s Voice Concert following the suicide of her son in April. Ruben was only 18 years old. The concert on Saturday 21 August in Ketwell Playing Field, Hedon will remember Ruben, but it’s also a call to action to the local community to raise awareness of teenage suicide. “The message from the concert should be one of hope to people who are struggling or unwell; no matter how dark things can seem, there are always those that can help. And it is okay to ask for help,” said Katy.
South Holderness Swimming Club
The chair of the Swimming Club, and its development Coach, Carol Hunter-Robinson, said that the club was delighted to help support the fundraising for the concert. “We’re a really friendly club and supportive of each other and that was on display on the day of the sponsored event. It was a great atmosphere. Swimming is not just great exercise, but therapeutic and improves mental health. GPs will actually prescribe swimming as an activity to some patients. So there is obviously a real link between what the club does and the aims of the concert.”
The idea for the sponsored event came from 18-year-old Teagan Hunter-Robinson. Teagan has been swimming with the club since she was 6. She was initially a bit unsure about how the club might help but has been almost moved to tears by how well club members have responded to the sponsored challenge.
South Holderness Swimming Club trains at the East Riding Leisure swimming pool in Preston. The club is accepting new members (from age 6). The club offers a free two week trial for prospective members. Contact Carol at email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Club Facebook page for more details.