A sponsored swim from Beaumaris Pier to Bangor Pier in aid of ‘Team Irfon’ has been postponed due to number of jellyfish in the Menai Strait, which are posing a risk to those taking part in the swim.
The event had been organised by Trystan Williams, through local NHS Charity Awyr Las, and was due to take place on 26th August.
Awyr Las made the announcement on Wednesday, the statement read: “It’s with great disappointment that we announce that the Pier to Pier Swim in the Menai Straits organised in aid of #Teamirfon, which was due to take place on August 26th, will have to be postponed.
“The Menai Straits Race was recently cancelled due to the number of stinging jellyfish in the water, and as a result a decision has been taken to postpone the Pier to Pier Swim as well.
“Trystan and the organising team will be announcing a new date, likely to be early next summer, for this special event in the near future.
“Huge thanks to Trystan, Anna, and Duncan for putting so much into this event, and thank you to all those who registered to take part.
“The #Teamirfon swim events have always been a great deal of fun and hugely successful, and these were events that Irfon himself wanted to see continue, so this mammoth challenge will most certainly be going ahead when it is safe to do so.
“If anyone has any questions regarding this event please don’t hesitate to contact the Awyr Las Support Team on 01248384395 or at email@example.com.”
Last year a team of swimmers, some as young as 13, swam from Caernarfon Castle to Beaumaris Castle, raising over £12,000.
Team Irfon was set up by Irfon Williams with the initial aiming to raise £20,000 to support the Alaw Unit in Ysbyty Gwynedd, where he was receiving treatment for bowel cancer. The fundraising, which has continued since Irfon’s death in 2017, has now raised over £150,000 to help local cancer patients.