The London City Swim, sponsored by Zoggs, takes place on September 21st at the Royal Victoria Dock in London. The aim of the swim is to bring together hundreds of swimmers who want to make a difference by raising money for Motor Neurone Disease. The London City Swim is a partner swim to the Amsterdam city swim. The purpose of both these swims is to raise money towards researching a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. The Swim is supported by (and supports) the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND. They're a membership organisation with 9,000 members and over 7,000 active volunteers, and 170 paid staff, dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by MND, now and in the future. One key reasons the Stephen Hawking Foundation was founded is to facilitate and support work relating to Motor Neurone Disease and those living with the disease. The Stephen Hawking Foundation was launched in October 2015.
"As close friends of the founders of the Amsterdam City Swim, we felt a strong desire to add our weight to the fight for a cure for MND. With this in mind we started the London City Swim. In year 1 we raised nearly £140k, which went towards an MND research project called MiNE. We are very proud to have created this fund-raising platform, and play our small part in the development of a cure for the disease" Jamie Laming, Event Director
The London City Swim is a charity gala which sees each swimmer take on a 500m lap of Royal Victoria Dock in a series of waves. The 3 fastest men and 3 fastest women from each wave are invited to progress to the 200m Super-Sprint and Final. There are awards for both teams and individuals along with spot prizes, food, drink and a DJ. The London City Swim is the closest you'll get to a party in London. Swimmers not participating in the Super-Sprint and Final can wrap themselves up in a complimentary dressing gown and enjoy the all inclusive party while watching those in the final stage get serious!