Members and Staff at Northfield Hosting Swimathon For RNLI

Jun 01, 2024 | News

Members and staff at Northfield Leisure Centre are participating in a sponsored Swimathon to help the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) during Drowning Prevention Week.

The RNLI provide invaluable, round-the-clock support for those that face difficulties in our seas, and with Drowning Prevention Week around the corner, the team at Northfield wanted to help those who provide that service.

On June 15th, the Northfield community will come together between 3pm-7pm to raise valuable funds, with a cake sale and tombola happening in the reception area.

From 3pm-4pm, children will be able to complete a sponsored distance between 100m-1000m. There will be a family relay from 4pm-5pm where a family (max of 6) will swim a mile (64 lengths). From 5pm-7pm is the Adult Swimathon where each participant will swim a mile (64 lengths) in our pool to complete the Swimathon!

Hannah Smith, Aquatics Manager at Northfield Leisure Centre, said; “The RNLI do such incredible work around our coastlines, and we wanted to help them in their efforts.

“Especially with Drowning Prevention Week coming up, we’re all too aware that drownings are happening far too often in our own communities, so if we can raise awareness of the importance of being safe in the water, then that’s a major bonus!”

With the event coming up, Hannah is excited to host a fun day at Northfield that will appeal to everybody within the community, she said: “We wanted to create a family atmosphere here at Northfield where people can bring their loved ones to complete a challenge, but also have that satisfaction of raising money at the same time.

“We’ve got a fantastic team who are ready to put help, but we still need more swimmers. So if you’re interested in taking part in our Swimathon, we’d love to hear from you and get you signed up to help keep the RNLI funded.”

Jack from the Volunteer Experience team at the RNLI said: As a charity, we know only too well how much effort and thought goes in to raising every pound which comes our way - and what a lifesaving difference every single pound can make.

"That’s why we’re committed to being one of the most efficient charities by using funds in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

Join us at Northfield Leisure Centre on June 15th from 3pm and help us raise some much-needed support for the RNLI. If you’d like to join the list of swimmers taking part, then please email us at