MORE than 1,000 babies and children from across the region donned their tiaras and tri-corn hats during their weekly swimming class to raise money for baby charity Tommy’s.

The youngsters, who took part in a ‘Splashathon’ fundraiser, were sponsored to swim a width in fancy dress in a Peppa Pig Pirates and Princesses themed swimming lesson.

The efforts raised £37,446 for Tommy’s Baby Charity which provides vital research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

Pamela Hargreaves, who runs Water Babies Tees Valley and Durham said: “We are so unbelievably proud of all our swimmers for raising such an incredible amount of money.

“The money raised will help Tommy’s continue to do their vital research and fund a new centre dedicated to ensuring the best maternity care is available to every parent, every baby, everywhere."

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Riccy Bradshaw and Milly Craven from Water Babies Tees Valley and Durham with Bubba the Whale

Together with 50,000 Water Babies from across the country they raised £ 930,111 to help fund Tommy’s vital research.

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Water Babies classes are available in Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar, Darlington, Brotton, Ingleby Barwick, Thornaby, and Durham.

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