Gloucester County Relays Charity Day

Written by BHSC   

Sunday, 15 March 2015

All swimmers (coaches and poolside helpers) will be asked to donate £2 to wear the wig. And for those of you that don't want to participate, you will be asked for a £2 forfeit!

I'll forward details of the charity which has been chosen by Glos County once I receive them.

Thank you in advance.


Message from Jenny Shephard GCASA rep:

GCASA are pleased to support county clubs and the young volunteers.  County Relay Day each year will be designated a Charity Day.  Each year one of the Clubs will organise a Charity event/collection.

This year Gloucester City Swimming Club have taken the initiative.   We couldn’t possibly word it any better than Jodie Hatton, Club Captain of GCSC.  We can, however, respectfully ask that swimmers, coaches, helpers and parents join in by wearing a wig (perhaps not when swimming!)  to show your support on the 22nd March 2015.  We look forward to seeing an amazing display of wigs as well as a great days swimming.  Well done GCSC, Jodie and her supporting fund raisers.

Please see Jodie’s letter below:


Charity:  Hollie Gazzard Trust

Hello, my name is Jodie and I’m writing on behalf of the club/vice captains at Gloucester City. 

I have tried to write this in a way that really doesn’t put across how much it meant to us that we were able to use this charity for the relays on the 22nd. Apologies that this will not necessarily be what is deemed a ‘grown-up’ email, but I will try my best to put our message across. 

For starters, domestic violence is stereotypically thought of to affect what we would call ‘third world countries’, generally making us unaware of just how wrong that stereotype is. I will be the first to admit that I went about oblivious to the damage done by domestic violence. 

Now, I am not going to inform you on the facts and figures— I’m saving that for my college work! — nor am I here to turn a fun weekend of racing into a gloomy atmosphere, because that’s the exact opposite reason to why we are using this charity. 

A few of our swimmers knew Hollie, but it’s fair to say that we were all affected in some way or other.

We would like to support the trust because they are honouring Hollie’s life by helping to shape, elevate and empower the lives of other. 

We would like to thank you for supporting our ideas, and look forward to seeing all the wigs come race day— the brighter the better!!

Jodie Hatton
(Club Captain, Gloucester City Swimming Club.)