Open water swimming organisation Henley Swim has announced a fundraising partnership with type 1 diabetes charity JDRF for its family-focused Thames swim event.
The Henley Mile gives adult family members and older children a chance to swim a mile of the Thames – while also allowing children as young as eight to have a shorter splash in the river. The event takes place alongside the H2Open Open Water Swimming Show on July 12.
The event will also provide a chance to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes by getting sponsored to take on the challenge. Adele Claase of JDRF said: “We are delighted that those enjoying the Henley Mile family day out this summer can support JDRF on its mission to find the cure for type 1 diabetes. Funds raised will help JDRF support vital medical research into the condition.”
She added: “As a charity we fund research all over the globe. But with some of the world’s best type 1 diabetes research taking place here in the UK, it feels right to be fundraising with Henley Swim in the nation’s most internationally recognised river – the Thames.”
Jeremy Laming of Henley Swim said: “We are delighted to be working with JDRF. Henley swim wants to work with passionate people, and upon walking through the door at JDRF we got an immediate sense of that passion and focus for their cause. Once we got talking it was quickly apparent that this would be a natural partnership for so many reasons. The 2015 Henley Mile and Open Water Show promises to be a fantastic event, and one that will only be enhanced by the presence of the JDRF team.”
To learn more about the Henley Mile distance options, categories and challenges, and to register your interest in joining the JDRF team, visit www.jdrf.org.uk/henley