21 October 2013

A New Year’s Day swim is being held to raise money for the Children’s Unit at Tameside Hospital, organised by Uswim Openwater - the North West’s premier open water swimming company. Open from 10am, the swim will start at 11am.

One of the participants will be Tameside Hospital’s own paediatric nurse Karen Smith, 39, of Rawtenstall, who took up open water swimming to aid her recovery after suffering with Cauda Equina Syndrome, a neurological condition in which a disc in her spine protruded and burst into the lower end of her spinal column.

Karen said: “The New Year’s Day swim is a great way to help us raise much needed funds for the Children's Unit and start 2014 with a bang! Come on down with your cossies or just to offer your support.”

Either taking a quick dip or tackling the 300m course, which takes in the sights of Salford Quays, including MediaCityUK and the Lowry, will at the very least help to take participants’ minds of any lingering symptoms of over-indulgence during the festive season.

Last year 144 super brave people took part in the New Year’s Day swim. This year money from the entry fee will go towards the Children’s Unit at Tameside Hospital and it is hoped the event will raise in excess of £2,000. Any money raised has been earmarked to buy handheld monitors to test oxygen levels, heart-rates and temperatures. 

As well as the open water swim, the family-friendly event is perfect for water babies who prefer to keep their feet on dry land as it will play host to children’s activities including facepainting and a paddling pool.

Wetsuit hire is available and trained lifeguards will be on hand at all times.

Dave Quartermain, who runs Uswim Openwater which was formed in 2007, said: “Being around the festive holiday period I love the idea of the event being for a worthwhile cause and as Christmas is for children it’s great that it will benefit local young people.”

Pre-entry for the swim costs £10 or £15 on the day. To find out more information or to pre-register for the New Year’s Day Swim visit

To simply make a donation (and not swim) please contact