HomeServe teams take the plunge for Swimathon
Posted 24 April 2015 4:29 PM by John Greaves
HomeServe teams dived head first into the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim – Swimathon – raising £6,000 of vital funds for the company’s charity partner Marie Curie, with one team emerging victorious as the fastest in the Corporate challenge!
Three HomeServe teams, each made up of five employees, made a splash at the flagship Swimathon event, held at the home of swimming at the London Olympics, the London Aquatic Centre. One of the teams was announced as the fastest team completing their 5km Corporate challenge in 1hr 36mins.
The teams got to swim alongside legendary OIympic gold medallist, Duncan Goodhew and Commonwealth gold medallist Siobhan O’Connor in a five-kilometre Swimathon challenge for Marie Curie. The event also took place at around 600 other pools across the UK.
HomeServe also organised a one-kilometre speed rowing competition between staff at its three locations in Preston, Banbury and Walsall Head Office. All the money raised will go towards raising funds for Swimathon’s and HomeServe’s charity partner Marie Curie.
HomeServe team ambassador, Mo Mahmood, had a very personal reason for wanting to take part in Swimathon, having been diagnosed with cancer of the spine in 2003, and while the operation was successful, it left him wheelchair bound.
Mo is part of a disabled swimming club at Birmingham University and swims every Sunday, helping new members learn to swim.
Mo said; “The work of Marie Curie is fantastic and in my opinion invaluable - I’m over the moon to have been involved in supporting such a great event.”
Marie Curie provides care and support to over 40,000 people living with terminal illnesses out in the community or in one of its nine hospices. Funds raised by Swimathon participants for Marie Curie will help people and their families living with a terminal illness make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert care, emotional support, research and guidance.
John Greaves, HomeServe’s Director of Corporate Affairs said: “Our teams definitely gave Duncan Goodhew a swim for his money that’s for sure! It’s also fantastic that one of the teams were the fastest! They were so excited to dive into this fantastic charity event and to raise £6,000 for such a tremendous cause.”
HomeServe has already donated more than £1.5 million to Marie Curie, by raising more than £650,000 in cash (enough to fund the equivalent of 34 nurses for a full year) and providing around £850,000 retail value worth of insurance cover through its Patient Policy, which gives families free help with home emergencies and repairs.