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Gwalia and Play Right set sail at the Mumbles Raft Race

Gwalia and Play Right set sail at the Mumbles Raft Race

A man and woman brandishing oars

We've recently sponsored Swansea children’s charity Play Right to enter the Mumbles Raft Race on Sunday 21st July. 

Play Right aims to improve planning and provision for play and the developmental needs of children and young people. The Mumbles Raft Race will help to raise vital funds for the Mumbles RNLI. 

In preparation for the race, Play Right staff put on their creative caps to come up with a unique pirate ship design for their raft. They will race against up to 50 competitors in a range of home-made vessels. The Play Right pirate ship will tackle the Norton to Knab Rock route which will be made entirely out of recycled waste materials from their scrap store at the Play Resource Centre in Llansamlet.

The inspiration to create a pirate ship came from the annual play scheme which is organised by Play Right in partnership with Gwalia, where children from Gwalia communities come together to play. 

Play Right are helping to raise money towards the £136,000 fee to fund the new Mumbles RNLI lifeboat station, which is currently under construction to hold the new Tamar class lifeboat, arriving in Swansea later in the year.

Speaking of the event, Play Right Co-ordinator Holly says "The team are really looking forward to taking part in such an established fund raising event. The RNLI is a fantastic organisation, and are an example of why volunteers are so important to a charity’s work. We want to say a huge thank you to Gwalia for sponsoring us to enter the race, and to all our members and supporters who have donated what they can. We are hoping that donations will keep sailing in for us to reach our target!"

The team have already raised £145 of their £500 target and welcome further donations to their Just Giving account and through their Facebook page.

Look out for the team at the event where they will be hoping to sail the seven seas to victory!