Great Swim, Europe’s biggest open water swim series, has today announced that Macmillan Cancer Support will be their nominated national charity for the next three years. Comprising of five events in locations across the UK, Great Swim expects around 22,000 participants to take on a half mile, one mile, two mile or 5 kilometre challenge this year.
The charity, that works across the UK offering practical, medical and financial support to people affected by cancer, were selected for the partnership after successfully working alongside the Great Swim series for the past three years.
Alex Jackson, event director of the Great Swim Series said:
“Many swimmers already use our events as a vehicle for fundraising for their chosen worthy cause. We’re excited to team up with Macmillan and hope more participants will be encouraged to get involved and raise money for a charity that provides invaluable support and services to families around the country.”
Craig Fordham, Head of Challenge & Regional Events from Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“We’re thrilled that Macmillan has been chosen as the national charity for the Great Swim Series and encourage people of all ages to take part. The money raised will make an immeasurable difference to those affected by cancer and will help Macmillan continue to work to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”
The first Great Swim of 2014, the Great North Swim, will take place at Windermere in the Lake District from 13-15 June, followed by; the Great East Swim at Alton Water in Ipswich on 21 June, the Great Manchester Swim at Salford Quays on 19 July, the Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond on 23 August and the Great London Swim, Millwall Dock on the 30th August.