42 swimmers completed the 2.6 mile course along the Menai Strait, from Beaumaris Pier to Bangor Pier on Saturday, 7 August, in aid of #TeamIrfon.

 

Around 400 people gathered on Bangor Pier to cheer on and welcome the swimmers back to dry land whilst enjoying the lovely evening weather.

The swimmers were aged from just 13 years to the oldest participant who was 70. The swimmers came from as far away as Bristol to take part in this great event.

 

 

Bangor’s charity queen Libby, who’s chosen charity is #TeamIrfon, presented certificates to the swimmers after the finish.

Plans are already afoot to make the next swim an even greater challenge that’s just as much fun for swimmers and spectators alike.

Event organiser and swimmer Trystan Williams said: “Being involved with the #TeamIrfon Pier to Pier swim challenge has been a real honour.

“With swimmers ranging in age from 13 to 70 and some people travelling hundreds of miles to participate shows how powerful and life transforming Irfon’s legacy has become.

“The ongoing fundraising continues and our #TeamIrfon extreme challenges will do too as we keep striving to support so many families battling cancer ”

With the fundraising for #TeamIrfon fast approaching £200k organisers are hoping money raised from the swim can take them past the milestone.

#TeamIrfon was launched in 2014 by Nurse Manager, Irfon Williams. After starting treatment on the Alaw Cancer Unit in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Irfon decided to start a campaign to raise money for wigs for others receiving chemotherapy on the unit.

As Irfon’s treatment progressed, so too did his resolve to help other families affected by cancer. His campaign gathered momentum, touching the hearts of people in local communities and much further afield. Just before he died from bowel cancer in 2017, Irfon and his many supporters had raised over £150,000 with the specific aim of providing improved services and facilities to help preserve people’s mental health as they face a cancer diagnosis or a loss of a family member.

Irfon’s legacy lives on, and his wife Becky now oversees #TeamIrfon alongside Manon, a Matron from cancer services. Together Becky and Manon, working closely with NHS staff and committed volunteers and supporters of all ages, are ensuring that donations given to #TeamIrfon continue to help local people in the way that Irfon always wished them to be and that local people can go on enjoying community focussed fundraising events and activities which promote fun, laughter and team spirit – exactly as Irfon always intended.

If you would like to donate to #TeamIrfon visit the Just Giving Page here:
https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/teamirfon

Photos: Sports Pictures Wales