IntaPeople to swim ‘the Channel’ to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust
IntaPeople is organising a swimathon on Sunday 12th March at Cardiff International Pool to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust. The IntaPeople team plan to swim the width of the English Channel (21 miles or 33,796 metres) in just four hours.
Unfortunately, there is a two-year waiting list to dip into the freezing cold waters between England and France but luckily Cardiff International Pool has kindly donated two 50m lanes for staff at the technical recruitment agency, based in Cardiff, to complete their mission.
The water in the pool may not be freezing temperatures but for the IntaPeople team, who would admit to being distinctly average swimmers, this is a difficult challenge to complete given the short timeframe.
Gemma Clegg, client management team manager and charity lead at IntaPeople, said, “We are really pleased to be raising funds for The Prince’s Trust. Every day we help candidates find new technical jobs and develop their careers; disadvantaged young people deserve to have the same opportunities and feel confident getting into employment.”
Phil Jones, country director for Prince’s Trust Cymru, added, “I am thrilled that IntaPeople have decided to embark on an ambitious £10,000 fundraising target to support the work of The Prince’s Trust Cymru, starting with this swimathon. We strive to support disengaged and unemployed young people to get back into employment, training or education, so the support of a recruitment firm such as IntaPeople is particularly welcome. I wish all the swimmers the very best of luck and thank them again for their support!”
Since 1976 The Prince’s Trust has helped 825,000 vulnerable young people by giving them the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping them develop key skills for work whilst boosting their confidence and motivation.
Each year donations made to The Prince's Trust help support 50,000 disadvantaged young people who may be homeless or battling mental health problems. They may have become caught up in the criminal justice system or have lost hope for a future after a long stretch of unemployment.
The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index released in January 2017 warns that more than a quarter of young people (28%) don’t feel in control of their lives, with concerns about job prospects, self-confidence and recent political events playing on their minds.
Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE, Chief Executive at The Prince’s Trust said: “This report paints a deeply concerning picture of a generation who feel their ability to shape their own future is slipping away from them. It’s shocking how many feel so desperate about their situation and it is vital that we support them to develop the confidence and coping skills they need to succeed in life. The single most important thing we can do to empower these young people is to help them into a job, an education course or on to a training programme. Now, more than ever, we must work together to provide the support and opportunities they need to unlock a brighter future.”
The easiest way to donate is through the IntaPeople JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/IntaPeople-swim-Channel
or you can text the donation code (IPSC50) with the amount to 70070:
IPSC50 £1/£2/£5/£10 to 70070
Donate more than £5 and use the hashtag #Wales in the comments to be entered into a draw to win a signed Welsh rugby jersey.
If you are in Cardiff Bay on March 12th between 11.30am-3.30pm feel free to drop by Cardiff International Pool and cheer on the IntaPeople team while they swim.
Pictured: The IntaPeople swim team