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Sign up to Swim Against Loneliness this July

Volunteers are needed to sign up to take part in a sponsored swim to help in fighting loneliness this summer.

The event called Swim Against Loneliness will be taking place at Queen’s Park Sports Centre from 4 to 9 July 2022 and anyone can take part.

On Saturday 9 July, an event will be held aimed at children who are registered on the sports centre’s Learn to Swim programme.

The sponsored swim is being organised by Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Volunteer Centre and is designed to get as many people swimming as possible to help to tackle loneliness locally.

Ian Waller, Service Director – Leisure, Culture and Community Wellbeing, said: “Loneliness can affect any one of us and can have an impact on both our physical and mental health. We are encouraging as many people as possible to join in with this fun activity and get swimming.  There are different challenges that you can take part in depending on your ability and the swim against loneliness is open to both children and adults to register and get involved.”

Each challenge is measured in miles (and therefore lengths of the pool). The various challenges have different names such as Escaping from Alcatraz that is two miles in length, 128 lengths of the pool. Or if you are up for a bigger challenge, you could try the Mount Everest challenge that is the equivalent to 354 lengths.

If you’d like to take part in the ‘Swim Against Loneliness ‘, all you need to do is register here, then download your sponsorship form. There is also more information available on the Swim Against Loneliness website. 


First published on 21 June 2022 Last updated on 21 June 2022