Kirrie charity event makes a ‘Splash’ on return

Pictured are the swimmers who took part in the event

Pictured are the swimmers who took part in the event

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Over 150 intrepid swimmers took the plunge for Splash and helped to raise £5000 for the charity event, which has returned after a one year absence.

Splash was originally launched back in 1990, and over 25 years had raised over £20,000 for Scottish and overseas care and hospital charities.

Intermediate and 2016 Splash Shield winners - Kirrie Kinetics Kirriemuir Swimming Club. Pictured are, from left, Rohan Brown, Megan Link, Abby Thomson and Morven Whyte with compere Sean Curran (absent from photo Louise Mowatt and Erin Brown).

Intermediate and 2016 Splash Shield winners - Kirrie Kinetics Kirriemuir Swimming Club. Pictured are, from left, Rohan Brown, Megan Link, Abby Thomson and Morven Whyte with compere Sean Curran (absent from photo Louise Mowatt and Erin Brown).

The event was not held last year, after a number of previous committee members retired. However, a new team of volunteers relaunched the event this year.

A spokesperson for the event said: “Again the folk of Angus and many local businesses have generously sponsored Splash, raising over £5000 in just one afternoon of aquatic fun. Main sponsors in 2016 were Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd , J & J Learmonth, Kirriemuir and Rotary Club of Kirriemuir. Twenty other generous local firms also helped swell funds.”

The charities chosen for Splash donations this year are Ronald McDonald House, which provides support for families during children’s specialist medical treatment; Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance; the Angus Toy Appeal, which helps Santa’s little helpers to deliver presents to deserving families; Operacion San Andres in Peru, which is a shanty town medical services with personal connections to Kirriemuir; Dr Graham’s Homes Kalimpong, India, provide education and care to deprived Anglo-Indian children.

The spokesperson added: “Each cheque will be substantial, and makes the efforts of all Splash helpers worthwhile. Many thanks to everyone involved.”

The team swimmers took part in the event on Saturday, with Southmuir Primary depute head, Sean Curran the compere for the event, and also in charge of presenting the trophies to the winning teams.