With over 85 swimmers taking part in The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West on Saturday, 25th July, the event which is now 10 years old is on target to raise the target of €100,000.
Swimmers from across Ireland, UK, Australia, the U.S. and Scandinavia will take to the water in Co Clare before embarking on the 13km swim across to Blackrock Diving Tower. The swim, which is now in its tenth year is now one of Ireland’s biggest and longest one day swims. The organisers hope to raise €100,000 this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the swim.
“We have now 60 confirmed solo swimmers and 8 relays. That’s 85 odd swimmers, 70-75 boats, near 200 volunteers and means we’re on track to raise €100,000. It is great to see swimmers like Alice Flood returning to swim again this year ahead of her solo English Channel swim next month.
“We are in need of a few additional boats and crew for this year’s swim, so if you can help please make contact by emailing email email@example.com or call Kevin on 086-3571714, “explained Organiser Kevin Thornton.
Brian Thornton Director of Cancer Care West said “”The swim started with 3 guys wanting to swim the bay and to raise some money for a service that helped Frances so much when she was sick. The Cancer Care West respite facility offers such a great service to people who have cancer and to their families and friends supporting them through illness.”
For more information or if you have a boat that can support on the day log onto www.galwaybayswim.com.