Looking for the perfect change of scenery this summer?

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Swim for WaterAid at the Great Swim Series and your fundraising will help the 1 in 10 people around the world who don't have access to clean water

Over the last 13 years, the Great Swim Series have offered thousands of swimmers exhilarating safe open water swimming events – and this June will be no different!

With two spectacular swimming locations – Alton Water in Suffolk, and Windermere in the Lake District – the Great Swims offer the perfect chance for a change of scenery out in the beautiful British countryside, all whilst attaining that unbeatable sense of exhilaration and achievement. With multiple distances to choose from – 250m, half mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k and 10k – there really is something everyone, from children to beginners, to seasoned pros.

Swim for WaterAid

This year, the Great Swim Series have partnered with WaterAid to help bring the joy of clean water to people around the world. Right now, 785 million people in the world don't have clean water close to home, forcing them to spend hours every day collecting water that is often dirty and can make them sick. The time wasted walking for water keeps children from school and families from earning a living.

Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or you’re simply keen to get back in the water this summer, by joining WaterAid at the Great Swim Series your fundraising can bring joy to people around the world.

Use discount code SWIM25 for 25% off your registration fee. Entries close on 31 May.

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WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation

What is WaterAid?

WaterAid is a charity currently working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal everywhere within a generation. It is an international not-for-profit organisation working in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and more marginalised people.

Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 27 million people with clean water and 27 million people with decent toilets. But there's still work to be done.

Currently, 785 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home. 2 billion people do not have a decent toilet of their own. And around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

When a community gets clean water for the first time there's a tremendous sense of joy and celebration. There's now the possibility of a healthier, happier life. There’s a chance for children to stay in school, for families to make a decent living, and for the whole community to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Published in association with Water Aid

01 Cover July 21

Issue 51 July 2021

  • Linford Christie on his new interest in outdoor swimming and the secrets behind his success
  • The Icebreakers, a group using cold water swimming to support men's mental health
  • Triple-amputee and former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod on completing a 1km sea swim and inspiring others
  • James Pittar, the first blind swimmer to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
  • The frontline workers finding solace in outdoor swimming France’s hidden wild swim spots
  • The revolution in women’s swimwear

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