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12 Swims of Christmas raises €9,150 for Fethard RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Fethard RNLI is hugely grateful to a group of local winter swimmers who each braved the elements completing 12 Swims of Christmas during December, at Baginbun Beach, raising an amazing €9,150.

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12 Swims Swimmers present €9150 to Fethard RNLI

Set up by local artist Helen Mason, this safety conscious swimming group who prefer to swim in numbers, grew from single figures to almost 70. In an effort to stay motivated this December, as the sea temperatures dropped, the group set themselves a goal of 12 swims, and a fundraising target for Fethard RNLI.

Speaking at the presentation, Helen said: 'To help stay focused, we decided to turn the month of December into a fundraiser for our local RNLI in recognition of the time and dedication given by our local RNLI volunteers. We enjoyed every minute of it, and how we laughed and joked!’

Yesterday (30 January) Helen, the swimmers, and their families, presented the cheque to volunteer lifeboat fundraising committee member Sarah Bates and Fethard RNLI chairperson Tony Molloy at Fethard RNLI's boathouse.

Commenting on this amazing amount raised, Tony said: 'It is dedicated fundraisers like Helen and the swimmers that help keep RNLI stations going. As a charity we depend on these generous acts of fundraising to run our station, train our crew, and update our lifesaving equipment. Thanks to everyone who got involved in the swims and all who logged on to the charity page and made their donation. It is because of everyone involved; we get to save lives at sea.’

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