Check out the best bits of Splashathon 2017 here:
What is Splashathon?
Our amazing partner, Water Babies, once again hosted an incredible event where babies and their parents came together to raise money for Tommy’s.
Each Splashathon took place in Water Babies swimming class throughout the summer. As this was the first fundraising event the little ones have ever done, it's always pretty special. This year we invited babies to swim a width for Splashathon.
Splashathon is a really fun, happy experience for all involved. But there’s an important reason behind it too. Every year, 1 in 4 women lose a baby during pregnancy or birth. Water Babies is committed to supporting Tommy’s in reducing this unacceptable statistic that devastates families up and down the country. So every mum, dad and baby who took part helped other babies who aren't as lucky. And every pound raised, will help to save babies’ lives. To find out more about Tommy’s life-saving work, please watch our video below:
How will the money be spent?
This year Splashathon raised in excess of £1million, which could enable 60,000 couples to attend the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research and help them realise their dream of having a baby.
Everyone taking part in Splashathon was encourage to wear a fancy dress costume, so we pulled together some ideas for you in this downloadable guide.
If you need an extra paper sponsorship form just download and print one here.
Going the extra mile
OK, so it’s a width not a mile, but taking part in Splashathon and raising money deserves some recognition. So Peppa Pig has kindly promised to send each baby a little momento of their first fundraising challenge.
For every participant who raises even just a pound, a treat will be coming your way*:
*Amounts exclude gift aid. In order to be eligible for any fundraiser prizes offered by Tommy’s or Water Babies all donations must be received by 11 August 2017. Prizes and certificates will be posted out at the end of September 2017. Prizes are subject to availability so may differ from images shown.
Making the most of Splashathon
There’s no doubt, that everyone who took part in Splashathon had a really fun time!
But for all you past triathletes, skydivers and competitive cake bakers, we have prepared a few extra tips and tools to help you make the most of it. Simply download the PDFs and get involved:
Other fundraising ideas
If you don’t want to rely just on your social networks, there is a whole range of ways that you can raise money - from all the usual things like sitting in a bath of beans (if you fancy!), or organising a quiz night (if you have time!) But we know how busy parents with young children can be so we’ll share some ideas which won’t take too much organisation:
Get baking with your little one and sell them for a £1 donation at your work / partners work / school gates / book group.
Perhaps you could arrange something different at your usual toddler group (e.g. storytime, come in fancy dress, baby disco). Everyone who takes part makes a small donation.
Kiddy Kit Sale
Arrange a Kiddy Kit Sale to sell off that far-too-small-but-too-good-to-throw-away jumper or toys and raise money for Splashathon.
Whatever you do to raise money, collect it all and then make a payment of that amount via the Virgin Money Giving website.