Local children have raised an amazing £3,077.45 for The Christie Charitable Fund, before even getting dressed for the day! The little swimmers smashed last year’s total of £1,300 when they took part in Puddle Ducks’ annual charity swim, in their pyjamas.

Baby and child swim school Puddle Ducks hosts a charity PJ Week every year, where little ones and their parents and guardians raise money while wearing their favourite pyjamas.

The Christie Charitable Fund raises money for a wide range of projects and initiatives within The Christie Hospital. Donations mean that they can provide enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. This includes continuous funding for several services throughout the hospital, including the cancer information centre, wig fitting service, art room and complementary therapy.

Heather Brookfield from The Christie charity said: “It was a pleasure to attend the cheque presentation at Aqua Nurture in Gee Cross, Hyde. The young swimmers raised the fantastic amount of £3,077.45 for The Christie. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the children who took part in Puddle Ducks’ PJ Week. The money raised will go towards the life-changing and potentially lifesaving care we provide at The Christie, above and beyond what the NHS funds.”

Suzanne Horton, co-owner Puddle Ducks Greater Manchester, commented: “The Christie Charitable Fund is close to so many of our hearts here at Puddle Ducks Greater Manchester.  We’d like to say another big well done and thank you to our swimmers who have worked so hard to raise money for this amazing cause whilst learning new safety skills in and around the water.”

Puddle Ducks provides award winning swimming classes for children from birth to 10 years old. Teachers focus on creating a nurturing environment, which supports independent swimming for children of all abilities.

Suzanne continued: “Charity PJ Week is one of the highlights of our year. Wearing pyjamas during swimming lessons is about more than just having fun; it’s about giving our little swimmers lifesaving skills whilst at the same time raising money for a good cause.”


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