The Teenage Cancer Trust has become an Official Charity Partner for the Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival 2020, with next year’s event taking place on 12th July. The partnership means that swimmers will have the chance to take part in the event for free in return for a fundraising pledge.
The charity will also work with the festival to bring its work to life and add to the festival experience on race day.
The Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival expects to welcome over 1,600 swimmers next year and ‘offers a swim distance for all the family, making it a natural fit for the charity’. Swim distances include 200m splash for children aged 8 years plus (with the chance for an adult to accompany them for free); half mile; 1 mile; 2 mile and 4 mile swims.
Other water-based activities on offer include the Free Swim Area where ‘anyone can dip their toe in to the outdoor swimming experience.’
Young people with cancer need specialised nursing care and support. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity providing this. Currently, the charity can only help half of the young people diagnosed with cancer. The partnership with the Henley Swim Festival will allow the charity to raise valuable funds, and to work with a family audience at a sporting and health-focused event.
The Henley Swim Festival team note that ‘It’s testament to the growth in outdoor swimming that the charity can use the event as a forum to spread the word about early signs of cancer symptoms and ways to help.’
Emily McCartney from Teenage Cancer Trust said “We’re thrilled to be an Official Charity Partner of the Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival 2020. Cancer can throw young people’s lives into chaos. Even for those who recover, it can have a lasting impact on their future.
“Our partnership with the event will help make sure specialised Teenage Cancer Trust nurses, support teams, and hospital units are there for them, throughout their cancer treatment and beyond. Together, we can reach every young person facing cancer, so join #TeamLegend at the Henley Swim Festival today!”
This year the charity enjoyed a connection with the event through the Dorabros initiative. Here, four friends completed multiple challenges in order to raise £100,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust. Ambassadors like this will continue to be important for the charity.
Swimmers can sign up for any of the swim distances on offer and benefit from a free place in return for fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust at the registration form online. All swimmers will receive training and support through the year plus a fundraising pack including a branded swim hat and t-shirt.