Fundraisers have made a splash for Cornwall Hospice Care at the first open water swim at Trelissick House.

The event, which attracted its limit of 200 swimmers, was supported by Gyllyngvase Surf Lifesaving and Triathlon Club, Cornwall Aquatic Action Group, Cornwall Sports Partnership and the National Trust, with first timers and competitive swimmers taking on a ½ mile or a mile course.

Lindsay Opie from Cornwall Hospice Care said: "We couldn’t have achieved this event without the amazing support we got from all the groups who helped us and I can’t thank them enough. It was down to them that we had a superb venue, top class safety cover and professional advice.’

"The event aimed to provide people with the opportunity to take part in a fun swim, in a beautiful location and relaxed environment, perfect for both first timers and seasoned competitors.  I’m delighted to say that it worked because we heard nothing but positive comments throughout the evening.

"It was particularly good to see families taking to the water, we even had a lady swim who was 19 weeks pregnant, but there were also children and some older folk who donned their wet suits and headed off round the course and a swimmer who came down especially from London to be part of the evening.’

"The event has also proved successful in bringing in much needed funds for our charity that supports the work of two Cornwall based hospices, Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia’s in Hayle."

"So far the swimmers have raised a remarkable £6,000 with more to come in from those who are now busy collecting their sponsorship money.   We now hope this will become a regular event in our fundraising calendar so watch this space for more details."

Falmouth Packet:

The safety team from Gyllyngvase Surf Lifesaving and Triathlon Club

Falmouth Packet:

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