Twins embark on latest ‘Swimming the Channel’ fundraising marathon

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WARRINGTON twins Ruben and Elena Evans-Guillen embarked on their latest fundraising adventure, swimming the equivalent of the English Channel, to help raise much needed funds for Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.

Ruben and Elena, who have previously raised over £46,000 for various other charities, are now raising funds this year by ‘swimming the English Channel’ by swimming 1,352 pool lengths, the equivalent distance.

Funds raised will go to a much needed animal barn project, the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust at Litle Bollington near Lymm.

The Animal Barn is an exciting new project which will see CAFT replace its unsightly and dilapidated polytunnel with a new small wooden barn which will make a huge difference in so many ways. Currently, the charity struggles to find shelter around its animal areas, which means that in bad weather it is difficult to give children the opportunity to spend time with their many interesting animals, including alpacas, goats, sheep and donkeys.

This new farm building will provide the perfect place for sick, disabled and socially disadvantaged children to feed, pet and experience meaningful therapy time with the charity’s animals – an essential part of any visit to CAFT. The barn will also provide a warm, sheltered space – a ‘nursery’ – for young animals and small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs that need a little extra warmth in the colder months. Replacing the old polytunnel with this new barn will be much more in keeping with the charity’s beautiful natural surroundings and help it continue to provide unique experiences for children with additional needs in our area.”

Since 2017, Ruben and Elena’s charity fundraising journey has raised over £46,000.00 for North West NHS linked charities and many other regional charities. This has been achieved by undertaking many monumental charitable physical activity campaigns, including running, cycling, trekking and swimming over several hundred kilometres, including a wide range of voluntary and humanitarian work in their communities and helping to drive change to positively raise awareness about ADHD. It has been an inspiring and momentous program of incredible effort, quite worthy of their charitable projects and their beneficiaries. They have supported a number of charities including MedEquip4Kids, Warrington & Halton Hospital Charity, Warrington Youth Club, Active Cheshire, Peeps-HIE, Warrington Foodbank and Room At the Inn.

Last year the twins received a special Points of Light award from the Prime Minister for raising more than £35,000 for NHS-related charities over the past four years.

The twins, who have ADHD, have channeled their energy into fundraising for NHS-related charities for the past four years by taking sponsored hikes and challenges.

Donations can be made online via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/swim4caft

Twins who have raised over £35,000 for NHS charities receive PM’s Points of Light Awards

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