Intrepid swimmers will brave cold water, strong currents and jellyfish as they attempt to swim from Beaumaris Pier to Bangor Pier on Saturday 7th September, to raise money for #TeamIrfon
Spectators are invited to gather from 16:00 on Bangor Pier to greet and cheer on the swimmers as they arrive. There will be an after-party in Bangor from 17:00 ‘til late‘ with full details to be confirmed.
Any swimmers interested in taking part in the event are invited to register their interest here: https://awyrlas.org.uk/tiswim?fbclid=IwAR1uAi_vICjzaHSopYJVi909o2a2XfeXdjLTebtg1CWOpi3Ryhfl-xED1mI
In 2017 a team of swimmers, some as young as 13, swam from Caernarfon Castle to Beaumaris Castle, raising over £12,000 for Team Irfon.
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.
Money raised through #TeamIrfon has and will continue to fund wigs and headwear for patients, complementary therapies like reflexology and therapeutic massage, new equipment for the Alaw Unit, and specialist training to enable NHS staff to identify mental health difficulties in patients with cancer, allowing signposting to counselling and specialist mental health services.
The mental health of Cancer patients and their family members is something that Irfon and his wife Becky viewed as of paramount importance. The campaign has also helped to fund part of a major redevelopment of the Alaw Unit which opened this year, which included the construction of a dedicated counselling room.