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24-hour swim at JSB Swims on Beacon Hill Road, Newark is helping raise much-needed funds for New Life Children's Centre in The Gambia


By Connor Thompson


Swimmers at a private pool will take to the water for 24 hours to raise money for a children’s charity.

Jackie Butler, who owns JSB Swims on Beacon Hill Road, Newark, with her son Simon Greenfield, hopes to raise £2,000 for New Life Children’s Centre in The Gambia.

Their goal is to provide children in the local community with full-time quality education, which they wouldn’t otherwise receive.

Jackie Butler during her last visit to the Gambia (8123009)
Jackie Butler during her last visit to the Gambia (8123009)

Jackie (pictured in The Gambia) and Simon have hosted 24-hour challenges at their pool in the past.

Swimming instructor Jackie said both her and Simon were heavily involved in the work of the New Life Children’s Centre.

“As a family we sponsor five children,” she said. “It’s a really good charity and the money goes straight into helping the children and paying the teachers.

“We go out twice a year.”

Simon Greenfield during his last visit to The Gambia.
Simon Greenfield during his last visit to The Gambia.

Swimmers plan to add up the distances swam and mark them on a chart of the River Gambia, a 1,120km river that runs through Senegal and The Gambia to the Atlantic Ocean.

Participants can swim for as long as they like.

The event starts next Friday (April 19) at 4pm. To get involved, email jsbswim1@gmail.com



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