Level Water's 24-Hour Swim Relay Inspires and Raises Over £100,000

Level Water’s 24-Hour Swim Relay Inspires and Raises Over £100,000

This past weekend at Shepperton Lake in Surrey, England, the Level Water 24-hour open water swim relay brought together a vibrant community of 500 swimmers, raising an impressive £120,000 for Level Water. The event, now in its third year, supports Level Water’s mission to provide specialized swimming lessons to children with disabilities, enhancing their physical, social, and emotional well-being.

About 500 swimmers participated in this challenging event, which started at midday on Saturday and concluded at the same time on Sunday. Participants, ranging from solo swimmers to teams of up to eight, took turns swimming through the night.

Mark Fox, head of events and community at Level Water, expressed his gratitude towards the participants and the local community. “The money raised today will provide life-changing swimming lessons to children with disabilities across the UK,” he stated. He also highlighted the overwhelming support from the community, which has seen the event grow in its third year.

Described by many as a “A swimming festival. Glastonbury, but with swimming instead of bands” the Shepperton Lake relay focuses on inclusivity and enjoyment, rather than competition. The event featured swimmers rotating hourly through the cold lake waters, supported by cheers from teammates and onlookers around warm fire pits, sharing food, stories, and motivation through the night.

Level Water also extended thanks to every volunteer, swimmer, the water safety team, medical crew, and Shepperton Lake staff. The funds raised from this year’s event will enable the charity to provide around 8,000 lessons, each costing just £15. Over three years, the Shepperton events have raised over £350,000, significantly impacting the charity’s ability to reach more children.

This year’s success at Shepperton Lake is just the beginning. Level Water plans to host four more events across the UK in locations including Bristol, Chelmsford, the Cotswolds, and Worcester.

Level Water’s mission extends beyond just teaching children to swim; it aims to ignite a lifelong love for swimming and provide a foundation for physical, social, and emotional development. By supporting these events, participants and donors directly contribute to a future where all children, regardless of disability, can experience the joy and benefits of swimming.

More swims from Level Water

Tri Farm
Essex (nr Chelmsford)
29/30 June 2024
A brand new location and our first event in East Anglia. Join us at this amazing lake for our 24hr swimming festival.

Lake32
Cotswolds
14/15 September 2024
Back for it’s second year, Lake32 is the perfect lake to spend a weekend swimming and camping with your friends.

Wateredge
(Worcester)
28/29 September 2024
A brand new location, join us at Watersedge for our closing event of the season. Expect a full on festival vibe with plenty of fire pits.

Photo credits: John Alastair Kelley Facebook and Level Water Facebook

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