On Sunday 26th March at 5.30pm, 7 Lifeguards from Liniclate Sports Centre and a member of the PE team from Sgoil Lionacleit started their 24-hour team relay swim challenge to raise funds for the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative. For the added challenge they also set themselves the target of swimming 99 miles (6336 lengths), approximately the distance of Lochmaddy – Uig, Lochboisdale to Mallaig, and the 2 small island link ferry routes combined, and they smashed this, achieving 7439 lengths.
The team had an overwhelming amount of support from ex work colleagues, friends and family who joined them in the pool. 38 took up time slots to help spur the team on, achieving a total of 1943 lengths, independent of the 24hr team total. This meant the visiting swimmers covered enough lengths to virtually swim the Lochmaddy - Tarbert route.
The team would like to thank Lochmaddy Bay Prawns for sponsoring their team’s dry robes, which kept them warm between their swim sessions, the local Co-op for donating water and fruit and snacks, facility customers who kindly dropped in lots of goodies keeping the team fuelled, and everyone who gave so kindly through the Crowdfunder page and via the community buckets, raising a total so far of £6481, for a charity close to the team’s hearts. The Sponsored Swum Crowdfunder page will remain open until the 8th April.
To find out more information about the work of the WICCI, please visit: Western Isles Cancer Care (wicci.org.uk) - Together we will make a difference.