Over 300 swimmers took part in the first London City Swim at London’s Royal Victoria Dock on September 22, raising over £120,000 to fight Motor Neurone Disease.
The event was supported by Professor Steven Hawking, and actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne.
David de Buck, CEO of sponsors Intertrust, who presented prizes, added: “It’s great to see over 300 swimmers raising awareness and funds for Motor Neuron Disease. It has been a fantastic event made more so by the commitment from all those across the City who took part. By sponsoring this first London City Swim, we hope to make a small difference in fighting MND.”
The event to date has raised £120,343.09, and that figure is set to grow with donations continuing to come in through October.
Among the 320 swimmers was a 43-year-old man who has advanced motor neurone disease affecting his ability to use his arms, legs and voice.
Jan Kramer, from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was one of the affected and able-bodied competitors who took part in the series of 500m races at the Royal Victoria Dock – and swimming with a team of helpers, Jan finished in a time of 22 minutes 8 seconds.
Further information about the event is available on the London City Swim website.