The Swimathon Foundation
The Swimathon Foundation is a company limited by guarantee and registered charity and is the owner and custodian of the annual national Swimathon, Open Water Swimathon and School Swimathon events. Through the staging of these events, the Foundation encourages and allows members of the public – in their tens of thousands each year - to take part in swimming and to raise funds for charity. The main annual Swimathon started in 1986 and has grown to become the world’s largest pool based fund-raising swim, bringing together swimmers of all ages and abilities and spreading the joys and benefits of swimming whilst raising vital funds for some of the UK’s most deserving charities.
The Swimathon Foundation works with its Charity Partners – in 2019 Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK - to promote their charitable activities in association with Swimathon events and to raise funds from members of the public - including those participating in Swimathon - in support of their activities. Since its inception Swimathon has helped raise more than £50 million for a variety of nominated charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, The British Heart Foundation, The Prince’s Trust, Comic Relief, Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK.
The continued support of pool and swimming venue operators is extremely important to the success of the Swimathon events. More than 28% of participants in the 2018 annual national Swimathon said they had heard about Swimathon through their local swimming pool.
The Swimathon Community Grants Scheme
The Foundation supports and encourages swimming through its own Community Grants Scheme, operated in conjunction with Swim England, through which the Foundation awards grants to local organisations whose projects help to promote swimming in local communities. The grants awarded provide much needed financial support for community swimming programmes across the UK.
“We are incredibly excited to offer this our Community Grants Scheme, which will encourage local community groups and clubs to think of new ways to promote swimming as a fun and healthy activity for all. We hope this innovative scheme will persuade many more people to take up and enjoy swimming in the future, as well as challenge existing swimmers to further their involvement in swimming programmes.” Ralph Riley, Trustee
Learn more about the Swimathon Community Grants Scheme.