Scarborough sea swimmers' summer rally fundraises for Covid-19 frontline workers

Scarborough sea swimmers are holding a summer rally and parade from Scarborough’s Diving Belle statue to pay tribute to and raise funds and awareness for Covid-19 frontline workers.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 3:08 pm

It is part of a nationwide campaign of activity through ‘We Remember Them 2021’, (WRT) to celebrate and remember frontline workers who have kept the country going during the Covid-19 period.

Campaigners are also keen to build a better understanding of the mental health issues and impact of working through the pandemic.

The Scarborough event takes place on Saturday, July 10 at 1pm, when swimmers will gather at the statue.

Caroline Powell at the Diving Belle statue on Lighthouse Pier in Scarborough.
Caroline Powell at the Diving Belle statue on Lighthouse Pier in Scarborough.

They will perform a poem written in tribute to Covid-19 frontline workers. The group will then parade with WRT campaign banner, giant turquoise silk sea wave and WRT relay torch, from the pier.

They will be accompanied by the beats of local drumming group The Drum Club around to South Bay beach. Participants will then swim, walk and dance across the bay towards the Spa pavilion.

All campaign funds raised go to the Laura Hyde Foundation mental health charity.

Local NHS nurse Caroline Powell is Scarborough’s lead WRT campaign co-ordinator. She said: “We all know what an exceptionally tough year it has been for everyone. We want to pay tribute to health, care, emergency service workers, and all those who have put their communities first and kept vital services running.

Rally supporter Katie Braida and WRT Scarborough lead Caroline Powell with the campaign baton in South Bay.

"We also want to help raise the profile of mental health and our understanding of it whilst raising funds for the Laura Hyde foundation.”

This is one of a nationwide series of events taking place throughout the summer to the end of August. People are walking, swimming, cycling, paddle boarding and kayaking to support ‘We Remember Them 2021.’

On Saturday, members of Scarborough Kingfishers swimming club are also supported the WRT campaign, swimming the eight miles from Scarborough South Bay to Filey in a team relay.

The boat left the harbour at 11.45am and then the first swimmer will swim to shore to start the relay.

They are coached by Paula Ambury and supported by Nick Gough from Sky Lark Fishing and Coastal Cruises, who is donating his free time and boat.