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Date: 18 Oct 2010

Young Solar Swim Stars Make Big Splash for Charity

Penzance-based solar energy company Plug Into The Sun is showing its support for Cancer Research UK by sponsoring 2 local school children in the Hayle Supasplash. 

The charity swim took place in the freezing cold outdoor pool in Hayle last month. Alverton schoolgirl Iris Tanner was the youngest participant with entrants’ ages ranging from 7 right up to 93! Chairman of the event Stella Thomas calls it “a fun event that rewards everybody’s efforts." Iris has been rewarded with the John Gorst Trophy, for youngest entrant. 

South West solar swim stars South West solar swim stars Young swimmer Iris, age 7 and her 10 year old brother Piran Tanner have raised £121 for charity after they swam 14 and 16 lengths respectively but will be able to donate even more than that. 

That’s because they’ve gained sponsorship from local solar PV firm Plug Into The Sun who have agreed to match the pair’s fundraising, pound for pound. They’ll be presenting the Supasplash team with a cheque for £242. At the time of writing, the event this year has raised nearly £1000 for Cancer Research UK. 

Organizers say the event – now in its 22nd year – has been another success and next year’s Supasplash is already being pencilled in for the first Saturday in September 2011…but they want more young swimmers like Iris and Piran to come forward to take a splash!