Poppy’s doggy paddle will make a splash for charity

July 2022

Poppy’s charity doggy paddle – Swimmers taking part in one of the swim calendar’s most popular events will once again have a four-legged contestant to compete against.

Because, alongside the many two-legged entrants in the Henley Swim Festival on July 10 will be black Labrador Retriever and swimming enthusiast Poppy. And Poppy’s doggy paddling to help raise funds for SwimTayka!

Poppy belongs to the charity’s founder, Bryan Avery, and she’ll join him for the mile-long swim. This will be the third time Poppy has taken part, and she hopes to beat her personal best of little over 30 minutes.

Poppy is getting sponsorship to raise funds for SwimTayka. SwimTayka runs programmes around the world, teaching children to swim. All to help combat the alarming annual statistic of 360,000 global deaths from drowning.

Poppy's charity doggy paddle - Bryan Avery with Poppy
Poppy’s charity doggy paddle – Bryan Avery with Poppy

‘This is the third time Poppy has taken part and we’re grateful to the organisers of Henley Swim Festival for allowing her to do so,’ said Bryan, from Swindon.

‘We’ll join the last wave of the event and ‘m sure she’ll love it. She loves the fuss people make of her and it’s a great way of raising awareness of SwimTayka too.’

Five-year-old Poppy will swim behind Bryan, wearing her special dog float coat. Bryan himself is a keen open water swimmer. He swims often at Lake 32 on Cotswold Water Park and is often accompanied by Poppy.

Bryan said: ‘She’s done soooo well the last two years, and I’m sure she will again. We’ve been training hard, and are all set. The fact that we are raising money for SwimTayka gives us even more incentive.’

How to sponsor Poppy

To sponsor Poppy, visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/PoppySwimsaMile.

For more about SwimTayka, visit https://swimtayka.org/

Bryan Avery with Poppy
Bryan Avery with Poppy

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