Jump in this July and make a splash to raise some cash

Registration is now open for the fourth annual 30 Bays in 30 Days joint fundraiser in aid of the National Trust for Jersey and Jersey Hospice Care.

Participants can sign up and enjoy Jersey’s coast this July, while raising money for the two local charities.

The challenge asks participants to swim in up to 30 bays over the course of the month. As well as raising money, 30 Bays in 30 Days is an opportunity for people to re-connect with the Island and improve their wellbeing through the benefits of sea swimming.

The opening swim takes place on Sunday 30 June for all entrants, with the second group swim taking place on Wednesday 31 July to celebrate everyone’s achievements. In between, swimmers decide when and where they want to complete the 30 Bays challenge; this could be before or after work, during a lunch hour or fitting in a few over a weekend. Last year, one team even managed to complete all 30 in one day, cycling in between bays! If swimmers don’t think they can manage all 30 bays, they are still encouraged to register and enjoy as many as they can.

Steven Hunt, Jersey Hospice Care’s Chairman of Fundraising, explained why he will be taking part again. ‘30 Bays in 30 Days has become a firm favourite in the calendars of many islanders, with record numbers signing up last year. We hear from people who are swimming in bays on beaches they hadn’t been to in years. Along with The National Trust for Jersey, we are delighted to hear how people are making the best of our wonderful island.

‘I always look forward to the first group swim. It will be great to see some familiar faces and I hope plenty of new ones too. My Victorian swimming costume might even make an appearance again!’

Charles Alluto, Chief Executive of the National Trust for Jersey, said, ‘We hope as many people as possible will take part and enjoy our 30 Bays in 30 Days challenge. Last year, many people made the most of the fantastic weather and carried on swimming into August, so that they could tick off all the bays. We hope we will be spoilt with similarly warm weather again this year, to encourage people to continue swimming.

‘All money raised will be split equally between Jersey Hospice Care and The National Trust for Jersey and will help in The Trust’s pledge to permanently safeguard a further 1,000 vergées of unspoilt coastline forever and for everyone. Please help us to keep Jersey the special place it is.’

You can register and find out more here.

The event is generously supported by Network Insurance, The Potting Shed, Fuse 2, Mitchell Building Contractors and Le Mourier Swim/Sea/Save.