Last week SustainIt took part in a sponsored Swimathon for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Swimathon was set up in 1986 to raise money for charity and is the UK’s biggest fundraising swim. Over £40 million has been raised for good causes over Swimathon’s lifetime including the NSPCC, the British Heart Foundation and the Prince’s Trust.
There are a range of challenges that make up the Swimathon – David, Katie, Pippa, Roy and Alicia took part in the Team 1.5k swim and Charlie went for the lengthier 2.5k individual swim. Some of the swimmers had a training session a few days before the event so were well practiced for the Swimathon.
On the day, we arrived at Hengrove Leisure Centre and after registering were given Swimathon swimming caps to wear for the event– unfortunately, we didn’t manage to take a photo of ourselves in them. As the clock hit 4pm we were off! The team doing the 1.5k swim swam in a relay fashion, with one swimmer being in the pool at all times and Charlie did her swim all in one go. Everyone swam well and completed their distances in good times, so we all finished feeling pleased with ourselves. We also received medals from the event organisers which was a nice surprise.
Overall a huge £366 was raised between all the swimmers for Marie Curie, which is over a fifth of our annual fundraising target and has put us off to a good start for the year. We would definitely like to take part in future Swimathons and are thinking of doing the Team 5k swim next year!