Colchester Swimming Club has raised funds for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Members of the COLCHESTER Swim Club raised money for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal after hosting a fun team swim gala.

They made an impressive £1423.50 for the Disaster Emergency Committee for Ukraine through generous donations from swimmers, spectators, cakes and raffle ticket sales.

About 80 swimmers from all sections of the clubs participated, with faces painted and team colors worn.

The captains organized six teams of swimmers competing under the names of Ukrainian cities, including Kviv, Odessa, Mariupol, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Dnipro.

The evening turned out to be a huge success, with Kharkiv the winning team with 108 points.

In a collective statement, the captains and vice-captains of Colchester SC said: “We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who helped us plan and organize such a worthwhile event.

“To all the volunteers on the evening, the generous donations for the raffle and bake sale, and to our swimmers for their participation and amazing as always.

“We are proud to support the humanitarian appeal launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee.”

Colchester SC has swimmers from the Europe region.

And the club’s captains and vice-captains, swimmers and parents, driven by their humanitarian conscience, decided they wanted to make a difference.

Aided by an army of volunteers, made up of older swimmers, coaches, parents and grandparents, the captains ensured that the fun Ukrainian-themed Team Swim Gala went ahead.

Swimmers ranging from junior club swimmers to senior performance teams competed in 25 events.

The final swimming event was the 14-swimmer cannon relay, which was worth double points.