The #TeamIrfon Pier to Pier swimmers are all ready to get going on their epic challenge this Saturday, 7 September, and they need your support to cheer them on and celebrate at the end of their two mile swim across the Menai Strait.
More than 40 intrepid swimmers are taking to the Menai Strait to swim from Beaumaris Pier to Bangor Pier to raise money for local cancer fund, #TeamIrfon.
The event’s organisers are encouraging people to come to Bangor Pier from 4pm to enjoy the spectacle, cheer on the impressive team of fundraisers and make the most of the food and drinks that will be available on the pier.
The swim is set to begin from Beaumaris Pier beach at 5pm. Swimmers are expected to arrive from 5:30pm at Bangor Pier and there’ll be a celebratory presentation at 6:30pm on the Pier. Make sure you come down to Bangor Pier and show your support for this courageous group!
Event organiser Trystan Williams said: “This is quite a challenge, but we’re certainly up for it! We’ve got a great group of swimmers that are taking part, and I really hope that our local communities are able to come out to show their support for them on Bangor Pier.
“The wonderful kiosks on the pier will be opening into the evening, and there will be a bar, so all the family can enjoy warm drinks and food whilst taking in the spectacular scenery and celebrating the achievements of the swimmers. You never know, you may even spot some dolphins swimming pier to pier, too!”
Lovely local food and drink will be served on Bangor Pier and the Whistle Stop Café will be serving their amazing fish chowder, the Little Food Hut, Joel’s Bar serving Wild Horse local beer and a host of others will be on sale from 4pm into the evening. There’ll be music and commentary of the swim from local legend Steven Edwards, face painting from Annie Maycox and candy floss for the kids.
The swimmers have already helped raise over £6,000 for #TeamIrfon! And Becky Williams, who oversees #TeamIrfon alongside Alaw Unit staff, said: “Irfon wasn’t able to be at the first #TeamIrfon swim, but he was so pleased when he heard what a success that day had been. He loved the idea of families from across the community coming together to have fun in one of the most beautiful locations in Bangor.
“As a family, we’re so pleased that Trystan and Anna have organised another swim, and that the swimmers have already raised such a terrific sum of money this year.”
The organisers would also like to thank everyone who has made this event possible and who have already helped to raise this fantastic amount to support the Alaw Cancer Care Unit, especially: The volunteers organising the event; EECO UK; Sports Pictures Cymru; Seawake; MacLennan Construction; Venturers Trust; M & J Welding Ltd; Hymor Timber Ltd; Evans Wolfenden Partnership Ltd; Jewsons; Huws Gray; Myti Mussels; Trac 5 Café; Whistle Stop Café; Julie Hopkins Art; Little Food Hut, Wild Horse Beer and Annie Maycox.
Swimmers training for the Pier to Pier swim earlier this week