Since this local charity opened the doors of ‘the bus’ in 2018, they have provided accommodation and support to almost 100 people. In January, they began operating from a new, long-term home with 9 individual bedrooms, and the old bus has been retired. They would put the Swimathon funds towards their Moving On/Staying Safe Fund, which makes sure someone finding accommodation after street homelessness has the basic household items and on-going support they need.
This charity provides essential safety education to children, young people and adults. Every child who visits Hazard Alley is given a workbook after their visit, with follow-up activities to reinforce their experiences and the knowledge and skills they have acquired. The workbook is due for updating and the money raised from the Swimathon will help to meet the £10,000 cost of producing 20,000 copies of the new edition in 2022.
This charity has supported the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community in Milton Keynes since the 1980s, long before we all benefitted from the inclusion and equality of today. Funding raised from the Swimathon will support Q:alliance’s youth groups, which help young LGBT people to reach their potential, and support their families and friends, so that we all have an equal stake in a diverse and inclusive city.
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This charity provides an out-of-hours rapid response service to the NHS hospitals in our region, delivering urgent blood, blood products, medical supplies and human donor milk, using a fleet of liveried motorcycles. The volunteer bikers range in age from 25 to 75. A successful Swimathon could cover half the operational costs for a year’s emergency deliveries (about 15 per month) to Milton Keynes University Hospital.
The mission of this MK-based charity is to empower children and young people who are in treatment for cancer. A team of volunteer artists customise canvas shoes which reflect each child’s hobbies and interests. These ‘Supershoes’ restore a sense of self, boost confidence and encourage mobility, while improving well-being. Swimathon funds will be used to meet the high number of referrals at a time when normal donations are down.
This charity is at the front line of saving lives. Their highly-trained team gives the best chance when the worst happens. Within minutes, they bring the expertise, equipment and treatment of the hospital to the scene. It costs on average £3,750 to send their helicopter on each mission, so the money raised by the Swimathon will enable them to provide urgent critical care to the next person who needs them.
This charity supports disadvantaged young people at risk (aged 15 – 25) to ensure they transition to healthy, happy and fulfilled adult lives. Its ‘Attain’ project for care leavers and its new ‘Aspire’ youth offending project would benefit hugely from the additional income from the Swimathon, by offering extra activities that provide support towards personal development and growth, such as camping and team-building, or digital support for emotional well-being.
The pandemic has posed huge challenges to Willen Hospice in raising the funds it needs to enable its team to continue to provide the compassionate, high quality end-of-life care for patients and their families for which they are so well known. Experimentation with contactless devices has proved a game-changer in approaches to fund-raising and the Swimathon money will be used to support the costs of these.
Each swimmer collects sponsorship from family, friends, work colleagues, corporate donations, etc. by:
Two teams from the Willen Hospice team of swimmers
Two of the youngest swimmers proudly displaying their medals
A charity will always receive in excess of the total sponsorship raised by their own teams.
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