The Swimathon Foundation

Welcome to the Swimathon Foundation, the charity behind Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual pool based fundraising swim, and other swimming campaigns and activities including Open Water Swimathon, School Swimathon and Marathon Swims.

The Swimathon Foundation and its Charity Partners – currently Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK – work together to promote their charitable activities through the promotion of and participation in Swimathon events and in doing so raise funds from members of the public in support of their activities. 

The Swimathon Foundation also supports smaller organisations that are involved with local swimming projects through its Community Grants scheme. In the past a variety of initiatives, including swimming programmes for those with special needs, participation schemes by youth groups, clubs for the elderly, swimming clubs and disability groups have all benefitted from its support.

As the UK continues to deal with COVID-19, the Swimathon Foundation is aware that the aquatics community faces a hugely challenging time. In response to this in June 2020, the Swimathon Foundation launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund which provided over £50,000 of grant funding to help support those small swimming and aquatics organisations which form the bedrock of the swimming and aquatics community across the UK to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Swimathon Foundation has now launched its second COVID-19 Relief Fund and applications are live until until Friday 26 February 2021.

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