Swim 5k or 10k in June
Make a splash in June to raise money for Age UK.
Take to the water. Raise some money. Support older people.
Sign up and we will send you everything you need.
What'll it be: 5k or 10k?
Get your first donation and we'll send you a t-shirt!
Feel good and know you are making a difference.
Get encouragement for the challenge. Share progress, cheer each other on and get inspired.
Download our free swim tracker to help you monitor your progress and achieve your goals.
Retired schoolteacher Sheila, 77, has lived alone since her husband died in 2007.
Having polio as a child has meant she’s spent later life needing a wheelchair, with circulation so poor she desperately feels the cold.
Sheila is so worried about the cost of living. She sits in the local library for warmth, and turns the lights off and goes to bed at 7pm to save money.
Thankfully, Shelia heard about the Age UK Telephone Friendship Service and was matched with Rianne. Their regular chats have proved a lifeline for Sheila, giving her something positive to focus on and a reminder there is someone who cares.
This event is free to take part in. You can simply complete the form here to register and join our Facebook group.
We will be sharing updates on the Facebook Group and via email on how to take on the challenge. We encourage everyone to set up a fundraiser to raise money for Age UK.
Participants are challenged to complete a 5k or 10k swim throughout the month of June. The challenge officially starts on 1 June and ends on 30 June. But if you’d rather build up the distance later on in the month and start on a different date that suits you, that’s fine too.
You can set up a fundraiser on Facebook or JustGiving.
To set up a FB fundraiser page, you can follow this link.
To edit your page once it’s been created, follow these steps:
To set up a JustGiving page follow this link.
You will be prompted to log in, if you have an existing account, or to set up a new one.
Once you have done this follow the steps:
You are welcome to join the challenge whenever you want, but we recommend joining as soon as you can, so you have plenty of time to complete the distance in the month and raise as much money.
You can download the tracker here and keep track of all your efforts.
We don’t recommend any specific tracking apps for the challenge but lots of the other supporters are sharing their recommendations in the Facebook group, and you can download our online tracker here.
To share your fundraiser in emails, whatsapp or on social media you need to go onto your fundraising page and you will see a ‘Share’ button and click ‘copy link’ or directly choose the platform you wish to share the page on.
You can paste the link into your emails at work, on other social media sites or message your friends and family directly via mobile.
There is not a specific fundraising target, but we suggest aiming for £90 (you could ask 9 friends or family members to donate £10).
And remember: once you get your first donation, we will send you an Age UK t-shirt.
We will send you your t-shirt once you get your first donation! It can take 7-10 days to arrive, but it will be sent in the post as soon as possible for you to wear with pride.
In a standard 25 metre pool you will need to complete 200 laps to reach a 5k target and 400 laps for 10k target.
A ‘lap’ meaning one length of the pool.