Event: Swim Serpentine

Swim Serpentine

Join thousands of others in the second year of this swimming festival in the iconic Serpentine in Hyde Park. This is your chance to swim in the 2012 Olympic Games open water swimming competition venue- following in the footsteps of some swimming greats. You can choose from a range of distances: 1 mile, ½ a mile or 2 miles. And for a very limited number, the opportunity to take on the challenge of the Swim Serpentine Super Six which comprises six miles of open water swimming in five races over the day!

Want to know more, watch the video here.

Now in its second year, Swim Serpentine is already a must-do event in the open water swimming calendar. All your needs will be catered for with heated changing rooms, dunk zone, pontoon start and finish, full water safety crew, hot tubs and exhibition area.

Located in the heart of Westminster, we’re the UKs busiest homelessness centre, working in direct contact with vulnerable homeless rough sleepers all year round. Being a local organisation, we don’t have the overheads that other’s do, and can promise you that 93p in every £1 will be spent on helping homeless people. Running for us means you will be directly supporting the homeless people who need your help most, through our services which enable people to access housing, employment training, and professional support to overcome personal issues.

What support will we give you?
We can also help with advice on training and support to achieve your fundraising target.
On the day, we’ll be down there with bags of enthusiasm to help motivate you and cheer you on!

Any questions? Please call us on 0207 766 5555 to speak to Sonja, or email events@cstm.org.uk.

What difference will you be making?
By raising £250 for our services for homeless people, you could enable two newly homeless people to have a full initial assessment, creating their action plans and giving them access to hot nutritious meals, showers, laundry and GP services; and also enable us to carry out 2 hours of Outreach work. On these shifts, our Outreach teams (which include mental health professionals, substance misuse advisors, and ex-homeless people) will make contact with vulnerable rough sleepers out on the streets, to check on their wellbeing and work to gain their trust, hoping to persuade them that there is a future for them and that we can help. This is often a long process as individuals work through the issues which led to them sleeping on the streets and any issues which may have arisen from their time on the streets. However, your contribution will help more people to turn their lives around.