Members of the Seymour Synchro Swimming Club at Porchester Pool in Bayswater. PICTURE: ROBIN CONWAY
Published: 27 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA
SYNCHRONISED swimmers swapped their usual caps for orange bobble hats, as a warm-up for Woolly Hat Day.
The fundraising event, organised by St Mungo’s charity, encourages people to put on some headgear and donate money to help people who are homeless rebuild their lives.
The team of nine from the Seymour Synchro Swimming Club dived in at Porchester Pool in Bayswater, and performed a routine full of twists, turns and somersaults, dressed in orange hats, to show you can take part in the charity event anywhere at all.
With the cold weather at this time of year, and overnight temperatures dropping over the coming weeks, sleeping on the streets can become life-threatening. The fundraising day today (Friday) will raise money for homelessness charity St Mungo’s, which provides shelter for those with nowhere to sleep and helps them off the streets. Today schools, businesses and faiths groups will be donning bobble hats, beanies, baseball caps and berets to raise money for the charity.
Rebecca Claris from the team, who usually practise at the Queen Mother Leisure Centre in Victoria, said: “Our swimming club is proud to support St Mungo’s Woolly Hat Day. We love swimming and what better reason to get in the pool than for a very worthwhile cause. It just goes to show that you really can get involved in Woolly Hat Day anywhere
“Join us by putting your heads together to help end homelessness. We are encouraging everyone to put your hat on and raise money to help homeless people get ahead.”