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Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie are calling on the nation to get down to the pool for Swimathon 2019 – thousands of swimmers, two great causes, one big charity challenge.   

Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer charity is dedicated to saving lives through research. They don’t receive any government funding for their work, so their progress is all thanks to the support of people like you.  

Marie Curie provides expert care, guidance and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. Around 2,100 Marie Curie Nurses work day and night, in people’s homes all over the UK, providing hands-on care to people when they need it most.

The money you raise from your Swimathon challenge will aid both charities, here’s how your money can help: 

Cancer Research UKMarie Curie
£30 will cover the cost of running a cervical cancer trial for 1 day.£35 pays for a slide sheet, used by Marie Curie Nurses to move people with a terminal illness safely in bed.
£100 covers the cost of giving one patient the Cytosponge test and analysing their results in the lab to diagnose early stages of oesophageal cancer.£180 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse’s nine-hour shift in a patient’s home through the night.
£270 covers the cost of a trial for a day to find the best treatment for children with a rare type of leukaemia, whose cancer has come back after treatment. £260 will cover the cost of two day-therapy sessions for a patient at a Marie Curie Hospice.
£400 is the cost of running Cancer Chat for one day helping thousands of people through very difficult times.£435 pays for someone with a terminal illness to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so they can receive the hands-on care they need in their final days. 

Set up your JustGiving fundraising page

We have partnered with JustGiving, the #1 platform for online giving in the world, to help our swimmers raise even more money for official charity partners Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. 

If you didn’t set up your JustGiving page when you registered it is not too late. You can set up yours now by firstly logging in to your swimmer profile area. Follow the below steps to set up your JustGiving page:

  1. Click on 'Manage My Challenge' in your Swimathon profile area 
  2. Select 'Fundraising' on the menu on the left-hand side 
  3. Enter your giving page name and URL (the bit that will follow, do not use any spaces or punctuation when creating your URL 
  4. We will suggest an available URL which you can either accept OR if you would like to create your own page name, you can check if this is available with JustGiving. If you receive an error message stating the ‘URL is unavailable’ this means it has already been taken, please try again with a different name 
  5. You will then automatically be sent to the JustGiving website to either login to your account (if you already have one) or create a JustGiving account 
  6. Once authorised, you will head back to the Swimathon website to complete your registration 
  7. Then you're done and ready to start sharing your JustGiving page! 

Find out more about Swimathon 2019 and how your sponsorship will help make a difference by visiting the JustGiving website. 

JustGiving fundraising guides

JustGiving have created a simple-to-use guide to get your page looking fantastic. They have provided you with tips on how to choose a great photo, tell your story, and optimise your page so that you can raise as much money as possible.