Swimathon 2019

Cancer Research and Marie Curie

More than one third of Cancer cases can be prevented. Another third can be cured if detected early and treated properly. By implementing resource-appropriate strategies on prevention, early detection and treatment, up to 3.7 million lives every year can be saved. Through raising the public and political literacy and understanding around Cancer, it can reduce fear, increase understanding, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviours and attitudes.

You can do your bit with us!

You can swim for charity by entering the Swimathon 2019. Join Cancer Research and Marie Curie to raise as much money as possible for two causes close to the nation’s hearts. The Swimathon weekend begins Friday 29th March – Sunday 31st March and you can choose to take part in an organised Swimathon session hosted by 76 of our centres! Your friends and family can get involved by simply sponsoring your challenge or even taking on the challenge themselves! Whether you are a keen swimmer or a beginner, our centres will support everyone. With distances from 400m to 5k, there is a Swimathon challenge for you.

Swimming for charity is a win-win! Firstly, you are helping others by swimming for great causes in Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie UK. Secondly, you are helping yourself!

There are significant benefits associated with swimming:

  • Works your whole body
  • Efficient way to burns calories
  • Appropriate for people with injuries and conditions
  • Improves your sleep
  • Boosts your mood
  • Helps manage stress
  • Affordable exercise
Swimming not your thing?

Not to worry, our centres provide plenty to keep yourself active. From a variety of sports to the gym and group exercise classes, we have it all! Why not try something new? Find your local centre here and find out what we can offer for you.

Being more active can help you:

  • Prevent bowel and breast cancer
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Boost energy
  • Improve mobility and strength
  • Reduce risk of dementia and osteoarthritis, and falls in older adults
  • Offer ways to socialise and develop new skills

Experts estimate that 4 in 10 Cancers can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as keeping a healthy body weight, eating a healthy/balanced diet and keeping active. Around 3,400 cases of Cancer in the UK could be prevented each year by simply keeping active. The more active you are, the greater the benefits could be!