Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim has announced today that it has reached the fundraising milestone of £50 million. In its 31-year history Swimathon has supported 36 different charities and has seen over 700,000 swimmers dive into more than 1,000 different pools across the UK, all raising money for charity.
Helping to reach the overall £50 million milestone, the 2018 event has raised £2 million – with more still coming in for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie as Swimathon’s official charity partners. The 2018 event has seen a 7% increase per head in fundraising, which seen as being testament to the strength of the event and the personal challenges that so many swimmers sign up to overcome.
Swimathon President and Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew said “At such a significant time in Swimathon’s history it is important to take time to reflect. Remembering the communities we have supported, the charities that have made a difference to the people they support and the swimmers who have made life-long change to their health and wellbeing.”
He continued, “This year Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie have been our two charity partners. Swimathon really gives people a chance to get active with friends and family, whilst doing some good at the same time. I am so proud that Swimathon encourages people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the water.”
Swimathon’s top fundraiser, Darren Cainey, who was diagnosed with lung cancer four years ago, has raised a notable £5,100 for the two charities. When asked what his favourite moment of the challenge was, he responded: “Seeing my little boy holding up a sign with ‘Go Darren’ on it.” He completed his 5km swim at the London Aquatics Centre in just over 2 hours and said that “it has been an amazing experience and the support I’ve had has been overwhelming. I’m looking forward to coming back for next year’s Swimathon!”
Emma Hyatt, Head of Events at Cancer Research UK, said “It has been so great to see so many people taking part in Swimathon with over £2 million raised this year for us and Marie Curie as the official charity partners. In the past 31 years, Swimathon has raised £50 million for vital causes, which is a fantastic achievement. We look forward to building on this success as our partnership with Swimathon continues.”
Mark Winton, Marie Curie’s Head of Community Fundraising, said “To reach the £50 million milestone is a huge achievement and as one of the charity partners, everyone at Marie Curie is hugely grateful. We are delighted to see thousands of people taking part in Swimathon every year and it continues to be one of the biggest fundraisers in the charity sporting calendar.
“We are immensely proud to have been part of Swimathon for so long, and look forward to our partnership continuing. The millions of pounds Swimathon has raised for Marie Curie has enabled us to provide vital care and support to more people living with any terminal illness, and their families, at the time when they need it most.”
Jocelyn Kirby, UK & ROI Customer Officer at Zoggs International commented, “As the official swim partner of Swimathon for the past five years, we’re over the moon that Swimathon has hit the £50 million mark! This is an incredible achievement and testimony to the efforts of each and every person who has swum this year and in previous years. As a brand, Zoggs is all about the joy of swimming, regardless of age, or ability. Swimathon epitomises inclusive swimming, enabling people of all abilities to take on a personal swimming challenge – we’re so pleased to be supporting so many swimmers on their Swimathon journey, both now and in the years to come.”
Swimathon is organised by Limelight Sports, which has over 25 years’ industry experience as a leading global participation sport agency – positioned as ‘the agency of the Active World’. Limelight Sports works with major, global brands such as Nike and JP Morgan, using its ‘knowledge of the positive impact of sport and activity to engage their audiences through active experiences and campaigns.’ I
In addition to Swimathon, Limelight has created and delivered a number of high profile live events including the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, Sky Ride and JP Morgan Corporate Challenge London and Sydney.