London City Swim 18 was fantastic and we had raised over £100,000 by this morning.

London City Swim 18 was fantastic and we had raised over £100,000 by this morning. We expect this figure to rise as people are still donating!

Friday started as a blustery autumn day, with the wind left over from storm Ali proving challenging, but as the event drew closer, it was as if the Committee had booked a special slot with a greater power even than them!

The clouds cleared, the wind dropped and the sun blessed us with its presence.

We were honoured to have several special guests on the day. Sally Light, CEO of the MND Association and Elizabeth Forrester, Executive Director of the Stephen Hawking Foundation welcomed Lucy Hawking, who was there in a supportive role, taking part in the swim.

Lucy Hawking then welcomed footballer Len Johnrose and they went into the water together to inspire the First Wave. Len is living with MND and he was joined in the water by his son and daughter – it was a family occasion and deeply moving to all who witnessed it.

Many of the swimmers were from company teams and were cheering each other on as they swam; it was a truly collaborative event and although we were all hoping to post good times, the sense of camaraderie between swimmers was amazing.

During the day volunteers from Smartwater (CocaCola) and the MND Association looked after everyone, keeping them hydrated, on time, and swimming in the right direction and the organisation of the swimmer village was faultless.

Out on the water, safety marshals from Swim Secure made sure that everyone was safe, including our six champion swimmers living with MND. It brought tears to many an eye as each of them emerged triumphant from the water.

Out on the water, safety marshals from Swim Secure made sure that everyone was safe, including our six champion swimmers living with MND. It brought tears to many an eye as each of them emerged triumphant from the water.

The four waves completed, the party was on. Sponsors Intertrust and Barrows welcomed everyone to the swimmers village with bathrobes and hot chocolate, before treating them to an evening of freshly baked pizzas and wraps. Sponsors Coca Cola got the party going with a cheeky gin and Schweppes tonic, then Heineken supplied us with plenty of beer (plus their famous 0.0 alcohol free beer for those who wanted to keep a clear head and regular Heineken for those elated at their achievement).

During the prize giving it became evident that there were some superb times posted and both Intertrust and Barrows joined the presentation team to award fastest swimmer to Emma from Schroders, with Schroders also taking the team prize.  

It was a stunning day. Emotional at times, full of joy and judging by the comments we are receiving today, next year’s swim can’t come soon enough.