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‘We did it!’ 3K challenge completed and over £1000 raised!

On Saturday 22nd July 2017 three of our staff each swam 3k across Lake Padarn in Snowdonia.


Jackie, Alison and Sue took on the 3k swim challenge in order to raise awareness of our charity, Citizens Advice Shropshire, and to raise money to support our brilliant volunteers who go #theextramile every day for our clients across Shropshire.

Last Saturday was beautiful in Snowdonia and despite a few hiccups like forgetting goggles and getting cramp, the swim team completed their challenge in 1 hr 55, 2 hr 46, and 2 hr 10.

When they were back on dry land we presented them with 3 Citizens Advice cakes (if you’ve been following our updates as we’ve prepared for the fundraiser you might remember the ‘oh dear, 3k swim challenge, thought you said 3 cake mmm challenge!’ joke. We wanted to thank them for the hard work they’ve put into training for (and then completing!) the swim. We also thought they might need a sugar boost!

We asked our swimmers how the challenge went for them. Alison said she ‘loved it’! Sue wanted to do it again ‘brilliant, next year?’ and Jackie had this to say, ‘well we didn’t call it the 3k swim challenge for nothing! It was hard – took me 2 hours and 46 minutes – about as long as it takes to complete PIP form! Well worth it though – great bunch to swim with and a privilege to raise money for such a great charity.”

Overall the day was a big success and so far we have received over £1000 in generous donations online with BTmydonate and giftaid. There is still money to be collected from people who kindly sponsored the swim team and we’re keeping the BTmydonate event page up until 22nd August to give everyone who wants to a chance to contribute.

We’re so thankful to everyone who has been able to donate – every penny will go towards helping us to continue providing free, impartial, independent and confidential advice to over 7,000 people in Shropshire every year.

P.S We weren’t the only people from a Local Citizens Advice there; we bumped into Alex Simpson who swam 9K from Wealdon Citizens Advice.