Harlow Penguins Swimming Club Covid Appeal

by Francesca Hansen in Harlow, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th December 2020 we successfully raised £7,658 with 123 supporters in 56 days

This fund is designed to help Harlow Penguins SC sustain our return to the pool while continuing to deliver a quality swim programme.

by Francesca Hansen in Harlow, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we succeeded in reaching our target, we could continue to meet all costs and keep our swimmers in the pool. We would like to add additional pool time. Helping our volunteer teachers and coaches to further their swimming careers therefore benefitting the club with having more qualified instructors.  The club would also like to hire a Special Needs instructor, to ensure that anybody wishing to swim in the community is properly cared for.   

A little bit about the Penguins

Harlow Penguins is a friendly, competitive swimming club, catering for swimmers of all abilities and ages. We provide a structure that will enable them to progress from beginners to National Champions.

Our aim is to create well rounded young athletes through a stimulating, challenging and competitive environment. Supported by dedicated coaches, teachers and volunteers, swimmers are supported to reach their individual potential.

We currently have approximately 400 swimmers, ranging from 4yrs old in our Swim School programme to 74yrs in our Masters Squad.  We have many County, Regional and National competitors, with many across several age groups achieving podium success.

Why are we fundraising?

This fund is designed to help Harlow Penguins Swimming Club sustain our return to pool while continuing to deliver a quality swim programme designed to allow our swimmers to train as safely as possible within the Swim England and Government guidelines. 

Due to Covid-19 we have been unable to hold swim meets, the financial life line that swimming clubs need. Unable to run our December meet and with no date in the near future as to when we can hold one again we have lost in excess of £15,000 expected income.

From March until August our swimmers were unable to swim due to lockdown. For our young people who can train with their friends, some of them up to 6 days per week that was a very difficult time. They can only be admired for their dedication  and resilience, with many continuing land-based activities and continued enthusiasm for their return to the pool.

Swimming is more than just a sport to many of our members, it's a way of life. Being part of the Penguins Family is crucial to their wellbeing, not just physically but mentally. As a member of a competitive team means our young swimmers need to be organised, disciplined and resilient. All valuable life skills. 

How will your donation help?

Unfortunately, none of us know what 2021 has in store.  As all of our usual revenue generating  activities have been put on hold we are looking for other ways to raise funds to see us through these difficult times. 

We are aiming to bridge the gap between the fees our parents pay and the costs of pool hire, to continue to train our volunteer coaches and teachers by helping them further their career plus also retain the services of our wonderful Head of Swim School and Head Coach.

The Government and Swim England have laid down guidance to keep swimmers safe. We are committed to following these rules and keeping our members safe is our top priority. 

Match Funding

Once we have raised 25% of our initial target we can apply for Sport England 'Active Together' match funding.  If we succeed at that and we go on to raise 100% of our target Sport England will match the funds we raise to make our total even bigger!!  So, PLEASE, PLEASE support us if you can!

We hope that all of our extended swimming family, ex-swimmers and supporters and local community will be able to help us and donate towards keeping our current swimmers stay in the pool and provide opportunities for future athletes for years to come. 

Rewards & Incentives

We have some great rewards and incentives for members and non-members to help us reach our target.  Please see the section to the right for the rewards on offer in exchange for your donations.  If there is nothing that takes your fancy, then you can still donate an amount that you feel comfortable with, as the saying goes "Every little helps!" Harlow Penguins are sincerely grateful for any support you can give. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

81 of 250 claimed

HSPC Level X Donation

Help support Harlow Penguins by donating to this event.

£5 or more

2 of 50 claimed

Club Water Bottle

Donate £5 or more and claim a Harlow Penguins water bottle

£5 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Fashion top from Ellsbellesboutique

For those fashionistas among us! Bag yourself a bargain with a gorgeous top.

£5 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Haircut from The Chop Shop in Hertford

Grab your chance to have a professional haircut from The Chop Shop Barbers in Hertford (highly recommended!) (Normal charge £16)

£5 or more

12 of 300 claimed

Raffle - Giant Cuddly Teddy Bear - Great for Xmas!

Bobby Bear is feeling a little grey!!! He would so love a home for Xmas, can you help? Imagine the excitement of finding this gorgeous bear sat proudly by the tree on Xmas morning!! What a wonderful present! £5 a ticket, please leave your name in the comment box when purchased. All names will be put in a hat and the winner will be drawn on 11th Dec. RRP £80

£5 or more

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your chance to win one of our lovely hampers or Big Ted! What's Christmas without a raffle? Go on.......you know you want to! £5 a strip.

£8 or more

0 of 1 claimed

6" Chocolate Hug by Cakey Makey Heart

A delicious chocolate hugs by Cakey Makey Heart. Can be topped with whatever you like on a milk or white chocolate base. You can either have them topped completely, or there is space for a little personalised message or name/age. Come in 6” round and heart shaped. Lovely as a little gift or just a little something for someone you love. (RRP £13)

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Babysitting Service in Harlow Area

Have peace of mind when you go out. Baby sitting Service offered by a DBS checked sitter. For the Harlow Area only, £10 per hour. Please give 3 weeks notice. Dates to be arranged between sitter and winning donator. (Normal charges £20)

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Pedicure & Gel Paint from Nicky Martin Beauty

After being on your feet over Christmas, treat yourself to a relaxing Pedicure and Gel Paint. Normally cost £35 - this is a bargain at £20!

£15 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Box of 24 Delicious Party Cupcakes

Box of 24 Vanilla Cupcakes, perfect for parties. Please order 2 weeks before required. (Normal charge £35)

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Shiatsu Massage for 1 hour

Spoil yourself with a relaxing Shiatsu Massage, normally £55, so a real treat for £40. Go on, your worth it!

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Online Workout Programme - 1 months subscription

RUDE (Roget's Ultimate Definition of Exercise) is an online workout programme devised by Leo Roget, a former professional footballer who has applied his trade as a PT since 2008. All workout programmes are complimented by an expertly created nutrition system. (Normal price £40)

£44 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Harlow Penguins Kit Bag

Harlow Penguins Kit Bag. Please order 20th Nov to be here in time for Xmas. Please remember to put your name in the comment box

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Michael Kors Rose Gold Tone Ladies Watch RRP £250

Treat that somebody special to the stunning Michael Kors Whitney Rose Gold Tone Ladies Watch. This would make a wonderful Christmas present for one lucky lady!

£250 or more

Corporate Sponsorship Award

All Corporate donations of £250 or over using this reward will have their support featured on our NEW Website, going live in January and mentioned in our social media feeds.

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Personalised Insulated ombré bottle by Pops&Porge

Beautiful personalised, ombre water bottle. Makes a perfect gift or stocking filler (RRP £12)

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Harlow Penguins Named Beanie Hat

Harlow Penguins Named Beanie Hat - please donate for this before 5th November to be delivered in time for Xmas. Please leave the name you would like on the hat in the comments box

£10 or more

7 of 7 claimed

Harlow Penguins Named Bobble Hat

Harlow Penguins Named Bobble Hat - please donate for this before 5th November to be delivered in time for Xmas. Please leave the name you would like on the hat in the comments box

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Dog Wash from Church Langley Groomers

Treat Mans Best Friend to a cleansing wash!

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

LushForest Oversized Sweatshirt Hoodie

Normally £28, this oversized, super soft and warm, giant hoodie in dark red is the perfect answer to keeping warm in the winter months!

£22 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Personalised Harlow Penguins Towel

Harlow Penguins Personalised Towel. Please donate for this by 8th November to be made in time for Xmas. Please remember to put your name for the bottle in the comments box.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

45min Sport & Remedial Session with Cydney Newman

Sport & Remedial massage is suitable for anyone of any age. Treating adults and children who suffer with muscular pain and dysfunction. By using a range of massage and advanced soft tissue techniques, these treatments will aid the body's return to normal health after injury or muscular skeletal disorders. Would normally cost you £45

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Novelty Celebration Cake

Delicious Celebration Cake in vanilla or chocolate. Please order 3 weeks prior to collection.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Case - Il Barroccio IGT Rosso Terre Siciliane Wine

This opulent red wine is spicy and juicy, displaying flavours of plums and ripe dark red cherries and warm spices, it has grippy, yet smooth tannins. This wine is made mainly from Nero d'Avola, an indigenous grape deeply rooted in Sicily Island, the hot climate suits this variety perfectly and contributes to its distinctive dark colour. RRP £50

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