Stokewood lifeguard swims for Julia’s House

Next week, a local lifeguard at Stokewood Leisure Centre will be swimming 21 miles to raise money for children’s hospice charity, Julia’s House. This is the equivalent of the English Channel Swim between England and France.

Taking place in Stokewood’s pool on Wednesday 7 February 2024, lifeguard Christian Mitchell alongside local students Arief Mckenna and Justus Dirks, are doing this swim challenge in memory of seven-year-old Sophie Kline, who sadly passed away from a brain tumour in 2015.

On behalf of the fundraising swim team, Christian Mitchell shared;
“We’re really excited about this challenge and want to offer a huge thanks to BH Live for making this fundraiser possible.”

BH Live Active, Stokewood is managed by registered charity BH Live, in partnership with BCP Council.

Stacey Saner, Stokewood’s Centre Manager, said;
“Christian is a fantastic colleague and a friendly face to all of our customers. We wish him and his friends all the best with this fundraiser and hope they raise lots of money for an incredible cause.”    

Laura Maidment, Public Fundraising Manager for Julia’s House, said;
“We are incredibly grateful to Christian, Arief and Justus for taking on this mighty challenge. The funds they raise will help to provide vital care and support to local seriously ill children and their families, so thank you. Wishing them all the best of luck!”

Further information on the fundraiser and donations can be found at


For more information about BH Live please contact:

Daisy Saunders, PR & Communications Executive
T: (01202) 055629

Notes for editors:

Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity providing life changing clinical care and emotional and practical support for the most seriously ill children, offering their parents much-needed respite. Julia’s House relies on raising over 90  per cent of its income from the local community to sustain itsvital service, which is why I have chosen to throw my support behind them.

About BH Live

BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a registered charity and social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

Our social objectives are to:

  • Encourage more people to take part in physical activity– by providing leisure facilities to encourage active communities and improve health and wellbeing.
  • Attract bigger entertainment audiences– with a diverse range of cultural and artistic events that appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
  • Deliver economic benefit– by hosting major conferences, exhibitions and events that benefit the local, regional and international economy.

With more than five million visits a year we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

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BH Live is a leisure and cultural trust, established in 2010 as a ‘non profit distributing organisation’ (NPDO) for public benefit to promote participation in leisure and cultural events. BH Live is a Company Limited by Guarantee and Registered Charity. Charity No: 1138311. Company No: 07092112.  VAT Reg No: 108 2248 37. BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd, is a Private Company Limited by Shares and a wholly owned subsidiary of BH Live. Company No: 07175626. VAT Reg No: 108 2248 37. Registered Office: Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH. Registered in England and Wales.

About Stokewood Leisure Centre

Stokewood is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

This community venue, in the Winton/Charminster area of Bournemouth, opened as a public baths in 1930. It has circa 300,000 attendances a year.

Facilities include a 22.8-metre swimming pool, sauna, group exercise and spin studio offering daily group exercise classes, personal training and a well-equipped gym over two floors with lift access.

Swimming lessons run with BH Live’s Swimming Academy and the venue is also home to local sports clubs including triathlon, water polo, lifeguard training and karate.

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