The Pembrokeshire open water swimming group; The Bluetits recently held an event called ‘The Polar Bear Full Moon Swim’ at Solva Harbour. 137 people braved the elements and took to the water without wetsuits; to raise money for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home. Even Father Christmas came along to the event, he also braved the cold and came by boat.


Castle Hot Tubs Ltd, from Hayscastle kindly supplied two hot tubs for the swimmers to use once they had been for a dip in the cold sea. Down on the harbour they had a BBQ and they were serving soup, tea, coffee and mince pies to warm everyone up. A Choir and Ukulele band entertained the swimmers and spectators; who spent generously on the raffle and tombola.


The event had a great turnout and a fantastic £3600.00 was raised on the night and through the raffle. “It is through the generosity of Local groups and events; like The Bluetits Open Water Swim that we can continue to provide this much needed service for anyone in the later stages of any life limiting illness. The services are available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” Said Laura Hugman, Clinical Team Manager at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.


“We would like to thank The Bluetits Swimmers for organising this fabulous event, the Solva Boat Owners Association, businesses and residents who gave generous prizes for the raffle and everyone who made this event possible. I am overwhelmed with the amount raised for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home. The open water swimming promotes amazing positivity and meeting the ladies and gents who take part emphasises the benefits of the activity” Said Sandra Dade, Paul Sartori Charity Manager.

Picture – The Bluetits presenting the cheque to Sandra Dade and Toni Dorkings of Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.