Swimming Events Guide 2024

Get free places on iconic summer swims with FRANK Water

How do you fancy doing the Dart 10k, Henley Swim Bridge to Bridge, Coniston Chillswim or Windermere One-Way Swim for free? The charity FRANK Water has places to give away for each of these swims for swimmers who are prepared to raise funds to support their goal of improving access to clean water in developing countries. The minimum sponsorship target for each swim is just £300.

FRANK Water is a small safe water charity that has partnered with a handful of large-scale outdoor swims all around the country to raise funds to secure safe drinking water and toilets for some of the poorest people in the world.
“Every day, 4,000 children around the world die from waterborne diseases,” says Philippa Cox, the community and events fundraiser for the charity. “Our projects provide some of the world’s poorest people with access to taps and toilets; something we can too easily take for granted.”
Since 2005, FRANK Water has reached more than 300,000 people across 208 communities with safe drinking water and toilets.
“There is a perfect synergy between our work on safe water and the burgeoning interest in outdoor swimming,” says Cox. “Who better to understand the importance of safe water than a swimmer! As water splashes up your nose, into your eyes and mouth, the very last thing you want to worry about is whether it’ll give you diarrhoea – a worry that 783 million people live with every day.”
To find out more and sign up, visit www.frankwater.com

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