Twenty fundraisers are planning to swim 12 miles down the Menai Strait to raise money for Team Irfon.
On Saturday 2nd September 2017, the twenty swimmers from various swimming clubs, will attempt to swim from Caernarfon Castle to Beaumaris Castle, a total of 12 miles!
The swimmers will battle the cold waters, strong currents including the notorious ‘Swellies’ whilst hoping to avoid large numbers of jellyfish, which are in abundance at this time of the year.
The money raised will be donated to #TeamIrfon, a campaign started by Irfon Williams from Bangor, during his three year battle with bowel cancer. Irfon, who died in May this year, helped raise over £150,000 for the campaign, which helps cancer patients in Gwynedd.
The money raise from Team Irfon has funded wigs, for patients undergoing chemotherapy, complementary therapies like reflexology and therapeutic massage, new equipment for the Alaw Unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd, and specialist training to enable staff to identify mental health difficulties in patients with cancer. The mental health of Cancer patients and their family members, is something that Irfon and his wife Becky viewed as being vitally important. The campaign has also helped to fund part of a major redevelopment of the Alaw Unit, which opened this year and included the construction of a dedicated counselling room.
The swim will start from Caernarfon Castle at 2pm, and the aim is to finish in Beaumaris between 5.30-6pm, on Saturday 2nd September 2017.
If you would like to donate please visit the ‘just giving’ page as well as showing your support for the swimmers on the day.