The Club encourages its members to get involved in fundraising throughout the year. Now in its second year, our #UYSWCvCancer campaign has raised over £4,500 for cancer charities. We would like to thank York Sport and the staff at York Sport Village for their continued support for our campaign.

In 2016, we organised a bake sale with the help of the Biology Department and several of our members ran the Edinburgh Marathon, raising over £1,000 for Target Ovarian Cancer. The inaugural charity swim was a great success, raising in excess of £2,000 for Marie Curie.

2015 saw £650 raised for Water Aid when the men's swimming and water polo teams partook in a charity wax before Roses, the annual varsity against Lancaster.

Target Ovarian Cancer Logo The primary charity supported by the Club is Target Ovarian Cancer as it is a condition which has affected one of our members. It's also a brilliant organisation that does a great deal to raise awareness of the symptoms.

UYSWCvCancer 2017

The Swimming and Water Polo Club held a 12 hour charity swim on Friday, to date raising £1,646.50 for Target Ovarian Cancer. The Club set themselves the challenge of swimming 7300 lengths over the day, one length for every woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK every year. That works out at over 180km!

Several swimmers set themselves huge personal targets for the day, with Rob Mason plugging away throughout the whole 12 hours to register 30km on his own. Talented fresher Ellie Griffin set the distance for the women by swimming 17km, 15km of that before 10am. The swim attracted UYSWC members past as well as present, with previous Captains Beth McArt, Ryan Conway and Grace Gilmour all putting in stints in the name of charity.

The efforts shown by everyone who came along to swim were amazing to witness. I'd like to thank each and every one of them, with special mentions to: the water polo players, who may not be used to long distance swimming but who put in brilliant swims regardless; and, of course, Rob Mason, for swimming an incredible 1,200 lengths! Michael Clifford, UYSWC President

Swimmers hard at work in the pool

Distance covered as the day progressed

By 12pm they had reached the halfway point and the arrival of homemade cakes from members of the Biology Department seemed to give everyone a boost. There were so many swimmers down at one point that staff at York Sport Village kindly let them have a second lane which really helped tick off the lengths. At 4:30pm they hit their target distance and soon after their fundraising page broke £1000. With the arrival of more people for the evening slot the club kept going and by the end of the day they had reached a staggering 238km between them.

Fantastic effort for Target Ovarian Cancer by York Sport and UYSWC swimming lengths for lives. Keith Morris, Head of York Sport

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and if anyone is concerned then they can find information about the symptoms on the Target Ovarian Cancer website. The club would like to thank the staff at York Sport Village for facilitating the event and the Village Café for pledging to donate 10p per hot drink sold throughout the day.

Members of the Club at York Sport Village after the swim

UYSWCvCancer 2016

UYSWC attempted their 12 hour charity swim in aid of Marie Curie on Friday, aiming to cover the 184km distance from York to Lancaster. The day started at 6am with over 20 people turning out in great spirits, ready to get through as many lengths as they could. Imogen Jordan put in a fantastic effort to swim 3km before 8am, and Jacob Mortlock-Williams didn't let a shoulder injury stop him from adding another 3km of kick to the total. Chris Unsworth and the women's water polo captain Fiona Whiting were the first man and woman to reach 10km shortly after midday. York Sport Village also rose to the occasion, with staff wearing Marie Curie vests throughout the day and donation boxes displayed throughout the building.

Proud swimmers at York Sport Village

We've gone for a Roses themed distance which is 184.4km (7376 lengths). This is a large distance to cover, particularly in a swimming pool, however members of each of the four teams of our club are coming together to achieve this. We're all so determined to reach this goal and we'll be giving everything we have to make sure we complete the distance. We hope the swim will raise money and awareness for Marie Curie and show our support for those who benefit from their services. On behalf of UYSWC I'd like to thank everyone for their donations so far and hope we can raise even more! Beth Richards, UYSWC President

A steady stream of swimmers continued to plough through the distance and the Club smashed through the target by half past one. Determined to challenge themselves they continued, Rob Mason clocked the furthest distance of the day with 25km and Sam Timpany swam the full 12 hours to reach 20km. The distance medal for the women went to Becky Mott at 16.1km, just pipping Bill Timpany's 16km. Fran Falcini added an impressive 5km all the way from Svalbard, highlighting the commitment of the whole club to support the cause. The day finished at an staggering 304km, raising £2,044.11 for Marie Curie in the process.

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