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BPL swimming teacher recognised with special award

08 Feb 2024

Swimming teacher Robert Blackburn is celebrating 10 years of charity fundraising - so far raising over £11,700 for causes close to his heart and recently receiving a special award.

Robert, from Barnsley, is a swimming teacher at award-winning, community leisure trust BPL and teaches, on average, around 450 pupils a week, ranging from babies right through to adults.

His charity work started back in 2013 when one of his friends was diagnosed with cancer and Robert decided to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support to say thank you for the help his friend had received.

He raised money by taking on a sponsored swim at BPL’s flagship facility, the Metrodome; swimming a mile a day for three weeks, which is equivalent to the width of the English Channel.

Since then, he’s taken on a range of outdoor swimming challenges to raise money for charities including the Alzheimer’s Society, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Marie Curie and the neonatal unit at Barnsley Hospital - all causes which have helped him, his friends or family in some way.

Each time, he’s been supported by his loved ones, work colleagues, parents of the kids in his swimming lessons and local businesses, including sponsor Triple M Vehicles Ltd who have helped to cover his costs.

Robert said: “I can’t thank everyone enough. From the support I’ve had from BPL to the parents of the kids I’ve taught to swim and the businesses who have helped me raise sponsorship money.

“I wouldn’t be able to carry on with what I do, year in year out, without them.”
Robert’s commitment to making a difference was recently recognised at the Proud of Barnsley Awards where he was presented with the trophy for Charity Fundraiser of the Year.

He added: “I loved the awards’ evening. It was nice to get the recognition, although I don’t do it for that, and it felt brilliant to win. I didn’t expect it, so I was over the moon.”

Robert’s next challenge is taking on another outdoor swim at Derwent Water, as part of the Keswick Mountain Festival later this year, where he hopes to pass the £12,000 mark on his fundraising.

He added: “While I’m swimming, I’ve always got that person in my head who I’m doing it for. I won’t stop until I physically can’t do it anymore. I love it and I’m already looking forward to the next one.”


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