Organise your own swim
Organise your own swim for Macmillan. It's your challenge, so you choose where and when you want to swim.
Quick steps to plan your swimming challenge
In 2020, our supporters raised over £750,000 by doing their own physical activity challenges, including swimming. That money could support our Cancer Information and Support team to run our Macmillan Support Line phone service for five months. In this time, they could deal with over 40,000 calls and web enquiries from people who want questions answered, need practical or financial support, or just want to chat.
Frequently asked questions
I need some help with fundraising ideas, can you help?
Can I get another sponsorship form?
I’ve completed my swim, how do I pay the money in?
Where can I find help with training?
How far in the future should I pick a date for my swim?
Lots of things can affect how far in advance you plan your swim. Will you need to do some training? Will you want to hold extra fundraising events to help you reach your target?
If you're planning or organise a team swim, how much notice might people need to get it in their diaries? And will you need time to apply for permission from the council?
Lots of our swimmers start planning three to six months before their swim to give them plenty of time to fit fundraising and planning around their busy lives. If you're planning something ambitious, you might need a bit longer.
What can I do to make sure my swim is safe?
If you're swimming in your local pool then please follow the pool guidelines, and speak to the lifeguard if you have any questions or concerns.
If you're planning an open water swim challenge, we admire your sense of adventure, but there's lots more to think about to ensure you're being as safe as possible. Check out this page from Outdoor Swimmer for helpful advice on when swimming in open water.
If you need further advice, get in touch with our Supporter Care team on 0300 1000 200 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What swimming gear do I need?
If you're swimming in your local pool, then a suitable swimming costume, a pair of goggles, a towel and some water is enough to get you started. Swim caps are great too, being streamlined is everything in swimming, as is being visible – and the Macmillan caps look great too.
If you're going to be swimming in open water, then you may well need more kit to be fully prepared. Check out this useful information about open water swimming kit from Swimming.org.
Can I get a t-shirt for my event?
How can I get posters and flyers to advertise my event?