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 The Coalie Crawlers



Coalie Crawlers Raise £2866 for The Fire Fighters Charity


On Saturday 21 September 2019, for the second year running, the Coalie Crawlers took part in a 7.5km open water swim from Hayling Island Lifeboat Station up the estuary into Emsworth slipway next to Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club in aid of The Fire Fighters charity.  It is the second year for this swim and organised and coordinated by Peter McIntyre, landlord of the Coal Exchange, and Mike Reed, however, the 13 swimmers could not have done this challenge without the safety boats and kayakers all of whom gave up their time voluntarily. 


On the day it was warm and sunny, however, the strong wind made for challenging conditions both for swimmers and kayakers who had to navigate and battle through chop and waves. The Coalie Crawlers were not to be deterred though and dug deep to the end where they were greeted by a huge crowd of supporters, including Emsworth fire fighters, local residents and visitors.  Peters’ wife, Dawn, presented each swimmer with a well-deserved medal and the fundraising continued throughout the afternoon and evening at the Coal Exchange with a BBQ, live music by local band Red Sky and raffle. 


Peter said: “Fire fighters and local people swam for this local cause. There was a real community involvement with everything; the food was donated by Bookers, music by local band Red Sky and prizes were donated by local businesses”.


The whole event raised a whopping £2866.00 and a cheque was presented to Kerry James, regional fundraiser, on behalf of the Fire Fighters charity, on Friday 13th December 2019.  She stated: “A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the second year of the charity such a success. The money raised will make such a difference to those in the fire community that need our help with mental, physical or social being needs”.


This charity swim proved once again a big success and the next one will be early September 2020.



Cheque Presentation to to Kerry James, regional fundraiser, on behalf of the Fire Fighters Charity