Sponsored swim support for Ruben’s Voice

By Ray Duffill, Hedon Correspondant

£1,855.80 HAS been raised in a sponsored swim to support a charity concert to be held in Hedon on Saturday, August 21. 

The magnificent amount was raised by the South Holderness Swimming Club and will contribute to the staging of the Ruben’s Voice Concert to be held on Ketwell playing field, Hedon, on Saturday, August 21 from 1pm - 10pm. 

Thirty-four swimmers aged 6 – 18 took to the swimming pool in Preston and between them completed 2,787 lengths in just an hour - each length was 25 metres. Under the supervision of head coach Steve Whitehead, two 1-hour-long sessions were held, one for older competitive swimmers and another for the younger members. One young swimmer completed 12 lengths in that hour, that’s 300 metres, a major achievement, whilst one of the older swimmers completed 152 lengths in the 60-minute period! The efforts involved in the swimming and the monies raised were “incredible” said Ruben’s Voice Concert organiser Katy Smith. “Equally important as the swimming and the money though, was that people in the Club and their parents were talking about the issues that led to Ruben’s death,” said Katy. 

“The Concert was advertised on the sponsor forms. They were raising awareness that it’s great to talk about our feelings, and that help is there if we need it, we just have to accept the help on offer.”

HUGE SUM: Carol and Teagan Hunter-Robinson of South Holderness Swimming Club and Katy Smith, key organiser of Ruben’s Voice with the big cheque. Photo courtesy of Ray Duffill

 

Katy has inspired many people to get involved and help organise the Ruben’s Voice Concert following the suicide of her son in April. Ruben was only 18 years old. 

The concert in August will remember Ruben, but it’s also a call to action to the local community to raise awareness of teenage suicide. “The message from the concert should be one of hope to people who are struggling or unwell; no matter how dark things can seem, there are always those that can help. And it is okay to ask for help,” said Katy. 

The chair of the Swimming Club, and its development coach, Carol Hunter-Robinson, said that the club was delighted to help support the fundraising for the concert. “We’re a really friendly club and supportive of each other and that was on display on the day of the sponsored event. It was a great atmosphere. Swimming is not just great exercise, but therapeutic and improves mental health. GPs will actually prescribe swimming as an activity to some patients. So, there is obviously a real link between what the club does and the aims of the concert.” The idea for the sponsored event came from 18-year-old Teagan HunterRobinson who was a friend of Ruben. 

Teagan has been swimming with the club since she was 6. She was initially a bit unsure about how the club might help but has been almost moved to tears by how well club members have responded to the sponsored challenge. 

South Holderness Swimming Club trains at the East Riding Leisure swimming pool in Preston. The club is accepting new members (from age 6). The club offers a free two-week trial for prospective members. Contact Carol at email [email protected] or through the Club Facebook page www.facebook.com/swimclubeastriding/ for more details.