Take on a 5km swim with Wild Wood Swim – Chestnut Tree House’s new challenge

Open Water Swim Wild Wood Swim

Children’s charity Wild Wood Swim challenge

Swimming outdoors in natural spaces has increased in popularity in recent years. Local children’s charity, Chestnut Tree House, has launched a new challenge event – Wild Wood Swim – and is looking for participants to take on a 1km, 3km or 5km open water swim to raise vital funds for the hospice.

Wild Wood Swim is taking place on the Summer Bank Holiday, Monday 29th August, at the picturesque Weir Wood Reservoir in the Ashdown Forest, and the money raised will help support local children and families who need hospice care.

“With three swimming distances to choose from, there’s a chance for everyone to take part in Wild Wood Swim,” said Georgie Packer from Chestnut Tree House. “1km is perfect for people who want to try something new and set themselves a challenge as you will be supported every step of the way.

“Or, if you are looking at taking the next big step in your open water swimming journey, the 3km and 5km options will have training plans and tips that will help take you to the next level.”

Raising funds for the charity’s hydrotherapy pool

Registration for Wild Wood Swim costs £45 and Chestnut Tree House is asking participants to raise at least £175 to help families spend time in the hospice’s hydrotherapy pool. Georgie added: “If we ask families what activity they enjoy most during a visit to Chestnut Tree House, splashing around in the hydrotherapy pool will often come out on top.

“Packing a bag to spend an afternoon at a public swimming pool is something most of us take for granted. But when you’re caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, a family trip to the local leisure centre often isn’t an option.

“By raising £175, you can help three children and their families spend time in our hydrotherapy pool with a specialist nurse, splashing around, having fun, and making memories that will last a lifetime.”

For more information and to sign up to Wild Wood Swim, please visit: www.chestnut.org.uk/wildwood-swim


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