Taking to the waters of Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth is about to become much safer for year-round sea swimmers, thanks to a fundraising drive to create a dedicated storage and changing area.
The GoFundMe project spearheaded by the WeSUP Paddleboarding Centre was met with thunderous community support and surpassed its initial target of £600 within just eight days of launching.
Chlöe Peglau from WeSUP HQ told Truthfal: “We’re surrounded by the sea swimmers who come swimming every single day. Rain or shine, they’re here, they’re dedicated and they bring such a fabulous spirit to the beach.
“We basically have teamed up with the guys at Gylly Beach Café, Viv and Simon [Daw] who have kindly donated the space to create a little area for the swimmers to get changed.”
Once developed, the currently unused site will provide secure storage lockers, seating and a footbath next door to the WeSUP Paddle boarding Centre.
“Throughout the whole winter we’ve watched them struggle with the dogs peeing on their bags or having to worry about anyone who’s on the beach who might pick up their stuff,” Chloë told Truthfal.
The addition of combination lockers will provide peace of mind for swimmers by ensuring their things stayed safe and dry.
Falmouth sea swimmer, Richard Inger told Truthfal: “You always get a great buzz from a sea swim even if it’s cold and the conditions are a bit rough. The facilities proposed for Gylly will be great as it will give sea swimmers somewhere to get changed, hopefully without getting too much sand everywhere! Also it will be useful to have somewhere to safely leave our stuff as currently we just leave everything on the beach.”
The initial £600 will go towards kitting out the space, whilst attentions turn towards raising a further £1000 for a boating sail that could be hung up as shelter. The re-purposed material would be resilient and robust enough to keep people dry whilst providing, “that extra level of protection from the elements,” Chloë explained.
Those who donate will automatically be entitled to a membership card that would allow them access to the facility throughout the year.
If you’d like to contribute, visit: gofundme.com/gylly-beach-sea-swimmers-space