1918 to 2018: A Swim to Remember

100 swimmers wanted to do something extraordinary in Derwentwater to remember them on the eleventh day of the eleventh month

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This year is the centenary of the end of World War One. To commemorate the anniversary, Swim on the Wild Side have got together with the WE REMEMBER THEM 1918-2018 campaign to organise something very special called SWIM TO REMEMBER.

On 11/11/18 they will commemorate the sacrifice made by our armed forces in World War One, and subsequent conflicts, by holding A Swim to Remember in Derwentwater, in Britain's Lake District.

One hundred years after the signing of the Armistice, one hundred swimmers will enter the water and assemble in silence whilst The Last Post rings out over the stillness of Derwentwater. Then the swimmers will pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice by swimming in silence for a thousand metres in the chilly November water wearing specially made poppy swim caps.

It promises to be a very moving day - an opportunity for the swimming community to get together to remember them in this centenary year.

Swimmers must be able to swim 1km in winter temperatures of <10°C. The swim is expected to last about 1¾ hours between: 10:30 - 12:15. There is no charge for the swim, but swimmers are expected to make a donation of at least £10.00 and take part in further fundraising activities to help reach the collective £1,000 target for the two supported charities: The Royal British Legion and HorseBack UK. 

If you're interested in joining the swim see: swimwildside.com/swim_to_remember

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