Each year the Skipton Swimarathon raises money for good causes, here in Guernsey.
The Skipton Swimarathon Committee has chosen to jointly support the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau as the 2021 beneficiaries.
The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation has been supporting Channel Island families for the past 18 years. Founded by racing driver, Andy Priaulx, and his wife Jo, following the premature births of both their children, the initial aim was to support local families with premature babies when they felt helpless and alone.
Roll on to 2021 and the PPBF now owns two apartments adjacent to Southampton Hospital, where they provide free accommodation for local families with premature babies and sick children seeking vital treatment. The Skipton Swimarathon’s aim is to support the full running costs of at least one of these for the next twelve months. Visit: www.ppbf.org.gg
The Citizens Advice Bureau service has always been in demand by our local community but the additional problems created by the Covid pandemic has greatly increased the need. The breadth of the services they provide, free of charge, from fully trained advisors is admirable.
They desperately need funding to enable them to upgrade their IT system. It has become outdated over the 43 years of their existence and during the recent lockdowns the CAB was unable to continue with their invaluable advisory service due to the outdated system. The hardware has been offered by a local I.T. provider, but there are ongoing support costs. The Swimarathon’s financial support will provide some of the funds to cover these. Visit: www.citizensadvice.org.gg
Previous beneficiaries of the Swimarathon include: Autism Guernsey, Channel Island Air Search, Saumarez Park Playground, Cardiac Action Group, Young People Guernsey, Extreme Sport Park, Ron Short Centre, Jessant House, Guernsey Society for cancer relief - Bulstrode House, a number of Youth Clubs, Maison St. Pierre, Grow Limited, W.R.V.S, equipment for handicapped swimmers, St. John’s Ambulance and Rescue, The Guernsey Cheshire Home Le Murier School’s Village Project and Cardiac Action Group, The Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association.