Key political figures in Northern Ireland are casting aside politics for a day on 25th November to participate in the prestigious Hope For Youth Northern Ireland Speedo Charity Swim Gala Dinner in London.
Now in its 27th year, the swim will include famous faces like Ian Paisley Jr, Sport Minister Tracey Crouch, and a number of world-class UK swimmers, who will don their Speedos to take part in the gala event pitting swimmers from the House of Commons against the House of Lords.
Following the swim and presentations, guests at the star-studded event will be treated to a menu full of Northern Ireland’s finest produce, as well as a silent auction featuring prizes such as five star weekends in London and sporting memorabilia.
Sponsored by swimwear giant Speedo, the biennial event will take place in the Porchester Hall in London on Wednesday 25th November. Also taking part will be swimming sensations such as Olympians James Hickman, Kerri-Anne Payne, Michael Jamieson and Steve Parry, as well as Sean Conway, the first man to swim the length of Britain and 2015 World Champion Swimmer James Guy.
The celebrities will be joined by two swimmers from the City of Belfast Swimming Club, Eimear Brown and Iain Chisholm, who will also take part in the event to help raise vital funds for Hope For Youth’s beneficiary organisations in Northern Ireland.
The highlight of the event however will be the House of Lords versus House of Commons heats with Northern Ireland’s own Ian Paisley Jr taking part to show off his skills for a great cause.
Captaining the House of Commons team, Mr Paisley said, “Hope For Youth NI provides vital funds for cross-community youth projects in Northern Ireland and I am delighted to be taking part again this year in the Speedo House of Lords v House of Commons swim. The swim challenge is a great event for politicians to get involved in, as it highlights the wonderful work the charity does in Northern Ireland.”
Delighted to further their partnership with Hope For Youth for a 27th year, David Robinson OBE, Brand President at Speedo added; “The House of Lords v House of Commons Charity Swim acts as an important swim event in the UK, as it not only helps to raise crucial funds for Hope For Youth but also highlights the importance of swimming as a way of staying fit and keeping active. This year’s participants come from a range of ages and backgrounds, from professional swimmers to amateur up-and-coming talent”.
Hope for Youth Chairman, Noel Lamb added; “We are delighted to have the continued support from Speedo for a 27th year. The event has gone from strength to strength and helps to raise much needed funds, to enable Hope for Youth provide grant support to important cross community organisations throughout Northern Ireland.”
Chosen to represent the Northern Ireland clubs who benefit from Hope For Youth’s funds, Eimear Brown, swimmer and coach from the City of Belfast Swimming Club and its dedicated swimming programme for pre and post-surgical scoliosis patients, said, “As a keen swimmer it’s an honour to get in the pool with some of my swimming idols! I’m looking forward to joining guests of Speedo and celebrity swimmers in the relay heat of the Gala and also helping to raise awareness of the great work Hope for Youth does for cross-community organisations in Northern Ireland.”
Hope For Youth NI helps to fund cross-community groups in Northern Ireland that will enhance the lives of young people aged 11-18. Projects supported by Hope For Youth NI have included: Music Theatre For Youth NI, The Youth Lyric, Sport Changes Life – E Hoops, and the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund For Children, amongst others. The charity has been making a difference to young people’s lives for over 40 years with a range of events including the biennial charity swim, now in its 27th year.
For more information on Hope For Youth NI and this year’s charity swim visit www.hopeforyouthni.com or follow on www.facebook.com/hopeforyouthni and @H4YNI