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Kids make a splash at fundraising gala

Young swimmers went to great lengths to raise more than £850 for the RNLI.

More than 140 swimmers from Lancing’s Penguins swimming club took part in the fundraising gala, on December 10.

The swimmers, aged between four and 16, competed in almost 30 races. The winners were presented prizes donated by Southern Water.

The club, which meets at Lancing College in West Sussex, recently joined Southern Water’s Learn to Swim programme.

The programme runs in more than 80 pools across the region and has helped teach more than 600,000 children to swim since it began in 1992.

Penguins Founder Linette Wheeler said: “We want to emphasise the water safety aspect of the school’s work and donating money to the lifeboat station in Shoreham is the perfect way to do this.”

Helen Sparkes, who organises Southern Water’s Learn to Swim programme, said: “We were delighted to be able to support the children at Penguins raise such a fantastic amount for the RNLI which provides a crucial life-saving service for people of our coast.”

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