Beneficiaries for 2017

Little Harbour Children’s Hospice
The National Lobster Hatchery
Port Isaac RNLI Lifeboat Station
Cornwall Air Ambulance 

The Big Swim 2016

We would like to say a massive thank you to:

Our wonderful sponsor SHARP’S BREWERY for all their continued support
JOHN BRAY AND PARTNERS for sponsoring our fantastic stage!!!
Special thanks to ROCK TORS and POLZEATH LIFE SAVING CLUB their team who provided water safety on the day and EVERYONE who volunteered and helped who make this day such a success!

We are delighted to have been able to donate this year’s proceeds of the Swim to:

  • £3,000 Port Isaac RNLI
    The charity that saves lives at sea
  • £3,000 The Cornwall Air Ambulance
    Help life-saving missions throughout Cornwall
  • £3,000 The Little Harbour Hospice
    For all those precious children in Plymouth and Cornwall
  • £1,500 National Lobster Hatchery
    For all their continued education, conservation and research
  • £1,500 The Village Hall
    Helping support our local hall with their refurbishment fund
  • £1,500 Polzeath Life Saving Club
    For the team that looks after you in the water and provides life-saving training for children from 7 years and upwards
  • £1,000 The National Trust
    Who give us permission to use the beach and bring a fantastic team on the day

A DONATION OF £1,500 was also given by Sharp’s Brewery to the Little Harbour from the proceeds of the bar…

taking the grand total to £16,000.00

Last years money raised was £12,700.00

That means that since 2011 The Big Swim Cornwall has raised £60,461.37 for local charities.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of this event and to everyone who volunteers on the day.

This year we are raising funds for charities who support the lives of people living in our fragile coastal communities.  We have got a lovely spread of worthy causes with the Little Harbour; a charity caring for the families of children suffering from terminal diseases.  Cornwall Air Ambulance, our local Lifeboat, who save countless lives at sea each year.  We are also supporting the work of the National Lobster Hatchery who undertake research, interventional conservation and education programs relating to Cornwall’s coastal fisheries.

We have asked all of our charities to restrict the use of funds raised from the Swim to projects specifically relating to living in Cornwall’s Coastal Communities.


Little Harbour Children’s Hospice | The Big Swim Cornwall

Little Harbour Children’s Hospice

Children’s Hospice South West provides the only hospice care in the South West for children with life-limiting conditions. This means that these children are not expected to survive into adulthood. Our three hospices – Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset, and Little Harbour in Mid Cornwall – provide respite care and support for those children and their families who are having to cope with the most difficult of situations. We also provide a full range of palliative, emergency, and end of life care and bereavement support.

We provide a loving and caring place for every member of every family who stays with us; a sanctuary for mums and dads, brothers and sisters. A place where everyone can begin to forget their worries for a while, be a family again and find expert help and support in facing an uncertain future.

In December 2011, we added the final piece to our network of special care when we opened our third ‘home from home’ Little Harbour, near St Austell. This means that no family with a life-limited child living in the South West peninsula needs to travel more than ninety minutes to access our vital services. It also enables us to reach out and support even more families who need our help.
As with our other two hospices, Little Harbour, our ‘hospice by the sea’ in Porthpean, has everything a sick child and their family needs to make their stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. It offers a real home from home environment, including a main living area that forms the heart and soul of the house, cosy lounges, a messy play room for carefree creativity, a multi-sensory room with lights, sounds and textures to soothe and calm, a soft play area for safe, trouble-free fun, and a jacuzzi for relieving stiff joints and muscle spasms. Not forgetting the beautiful grounds which surround the house, providing a safe haven for families.

There is no mistaking the serious work we do, but our aim is to make the most of every moment a sick child has with us and their family and as a result our hospices are often filled with the sounds of joy and laughter.


The National Lobster Hatchery | The Big Swim Cornwall

The National Lobster Hatchery

Our work is unique, being the only charity in England undertaking marine conservation, research and education projects that aim specifically to support and help improve the sustainability of our coastal fisheries. The charity receives no recurrent government funding and exists on funds raised through its visitor centre, membership, partnerships with restaurants and fishmongers and through funds raised at events such as The Big Swim.

Fisheries around the world are suffering from major over-exploitation. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations state that over 75% of the world’s major fisheries are either: fully exploited, over-exploited, depleted or recovering.  It is clear that additional measures are required in order to improve the way we treat our living marine resources and this is why our work is so important.

Our public visitor centre welcomes over 40,000 per year to learn about the fishery and the sustainability issues it faces. Our all-weather tourist attraction in Padstow, North Cornwall offers information and activities for all ages and we welcome well-behaved dogs on leads.


Port Isaac RNLI Lifeboat Station | The Big Swim Cornwall

Port Isaac RNLI Lifeboat Station

Our volunteer crews today carry on the tradition that has been passed down through the generations and are fully backed by a strong volunteer working committee. Since 1967 Port Isaac D class Inshore lifeboat has launched 609 times and saved 314 lives.


The Big Swim - Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance

This year, Cornwall Air Ambulance is celebrating 30 years of saving lives across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  The first air ambulance to take to the skies over the UK in 1987, the helicopter is as vital today as it was 30 years ago and flies over 700 missions every year. The speed of the helicopter and skills of the paramedic team bring hospital A & E treatment to seriously ill or injured patients within minutes, saving time, saving lives.

Cornwall has the longest coast of any county in the country and is sparsely populated, with many remote and rural communities; the poor road network has few main roads and no motorways and becomes gridlocked with the huge influx of seasonal visitors during the summer months, making even the shortest journeys slower than necessary.  The county’s terrain also lends itself to a variety of inherently dangerous activities such as water-sports, farming and horse-riding.  The helicopter is crucial where access to difficult or remote sites, or time-critical intervention with urgent medical expertise at the scene are paramount if lives are to be saved – put simply, minutes really do matter.

The average number of missions per day varies, although the helicopter can be needed up to 8 times a day in the summer.  Cornwall Air Ambulance receives no government funding towards running costs in excess of £3million per annum and relies on the generosity of the Cornish people, businesses, community groups and gifts in wills to keep the helicopter flying – it is, literally, Arhesys Tus Gans Kernow: funded by the people of Cornwall.