LITTLE swimmers in their pyjamas had a splashing time and raised an amazing £414 for Home Start Wirral during their charity Puddle Ducks swimming event.

Chester-based baby and children swim school, Puddle Ducks, host a charity PJ Week each year, where children raise money for a local cause by learning water safety dressed in their favourite pyjamas.

This year, the Home Start Wirral is Puddle Ducks chosen charity.

The charity supports families who are struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues.

The money Puddle Ducks has raised will go towards buying resources for their eight North West based breast feeding groups. The resources include a projector for training their volunteers and leaflets that will ensure their volunteers and new mums have the most up to date information on hand during their journey to reach their breastfeeding goals.

Little ones love swimming in their pyjamas, but besides raising money for Home Start, there is a serious reason behind the fun event, as they are learning a valuable life skill. Most people come into danger around water while fully clothed, being in pyjamas provides a good indication of what it would be like and gives them confidence and skills should they ever be in a dangerous situation.

Jay Nash, owner of Puddle Ducks Chester, Wirral & North Wales, said: “PJ Week was a huge amount of fun, children and parents all came eager to learn and ready to experience swimming in their pyjamas and they all really enjoyed themselves. We are so proud of all the children, past and present, who have taken part in our charity PJ Week and helped us to raise so much money for our chosen charity.

"We were shocked to hear that the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) recently reported that 1 in 3 children are unable to swim when they leave primary school. This really highlights how important it is for our little ones to learn to swim from a young age when they can learn at their own pace."

Puddle Ducks provides innovative swimming classes for babies, toddlers and children. Teachers focus on creating a nurturing environment, which supports independent swimming for children of all abilities.

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