Henley Swim Series have a new charity partner; Macmillan Cancer Support who are looking to immerse itself in the growth of open water swimming. The events team at Macmillan plan to help more people enjoy the benefits of outdoor swimming by offering free charity places at Henley Swim events in return for fundraising pledges. This will help Macmillan raise the vital funds needed to support cancer patients and families.
Henley Swim provides the perfect partner for Macmillan as it hosts four very different award-winning swim events, appealing to a wide variety of potential swimmers of all ages; Henley Classic, Club to Pub, Henley Swim Festival and Thames Marathon and Half Marathon.
Macmillan, Challenge Events Team Manager, Sally Walker comments on the new partnership: “We’re so thrilled to be the Official Charity Partner of Henley Swim, open water swimming continues to grow in popularity and the benefits are increasingly well documented. Our hope is that we can enable more people to reap these benefits whilst raising money for Macmillan.
There are now more than three million people with cancer in the UK. That means millions of lives turned upside down, in thousands of different ways. Last year, we were able to help over 2.4 million people living with cancer and going forwards and we hope this partnership over the next few years will help even more people and families receive the support that Macmillan provide”.
Along with FREE charity places and fundraising packs for those purchasing their own swim places, Macmillan will offer training advice, a supportive community, prizes from Henley Swim partners and will be there at the events cheering the Macmillan charity swimmers on.
Partnership Manager for Henley Swim, Yvonne Turner adds, “We love working with charities, using our events to help raise much needed funds and seeing the camaraderie that our swimmers enjoy when it comes to event day. This partnership with Macmillan is especially exciting as they have such a wealth of experience in supporting athletes at events, adding atmospheric activity to the day and a wide reach of supporters looking to take on something new like open water swimming. We are looking forward to the activations going live and working with this talented team!”