Tom Walker died unexpectedly and suddenly from leukaemia on 14 June 2018, aged just 13. He was a keen swimmer for his school, Monmouth School for Boys, and Monnow Swimming Club, and was learning to row on the River Wye. Less than three months before he died, before he knew he had leukaemia, he raised several hundred pounds for Cancer Research Wales by taking part in the Brecon Beacons Night Hike, in which he was the youngest participant.
In his memory, family and friends have now raised over £20,000 for Cancer Research Wales. All money raised will go to a dedicated fund named after Tom, that will be used by Cancer Research Wales to fund pioneering research.
The next event on the agenda in memory of Tom is a Swimathon!
The swimathon aims to cover a total distance of 430km – the equivalent of swimming the length of the river Wye and back again. For this epic challenge, we will require several hundred people to swim a total of 17,200 lengths. We will also need volunteers to count the lengths that are swum and help with the organisation of the day. Everyone – either as an individual or as a team – is welcome to take part in what will be a memorable day.
Please register your interest in taking part at http://swimfortom.uk.
There is a suggested donation of £10 per swimmer. There are two ways to make a donation:
Online donations can be made via the dedicated Just Giving event page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/swimfortom
Donations in cash/cheque form can be handed in to any of the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools receptions. Please include the team name or participant name(s) with your donation. Cheques should be made payable to Cancer Research Wales.
Event registration will close on Saturday 1st December 2018. Swimmers will be notified of their slots in the week beginning Monday 3rd December 2018. Donations must be made in advance of the event. If you have any questions or queries, you can contact the event organiser directly at: email@example.com