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. Every year, Swimathon brings together swimmers in 600 local pools across the nation to challenge their swimming abilities and raise funds for charity. Since its inception, Swimathon participants have helped to raise over £50 million for such well known charities as Sport Relief, Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, The British Heart Foundation and The Prince’s Trust. Our current charity partners are Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK.
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 deals with coronavirus (COVID-19), the Swimathon Foundation is aware that the aquatics community faces a hugely challenging time. In response to this, the Swimathon Foundation launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help support those small swimming and aquatics organisations which form the bedrock of the swimming and aquatics community across the UK and which need and may not have access to financial support to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Swimathon Foundation is delighted to announce the award of £50,000 of grant funding to over one hundred swimming clubs, swimming schools and independent aquatic organisations.