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Between the 4 September and 9 October 2010, local aquatic clubs in Carmarthen, West Wales are taking part in a sponsored charity swim at Carmarthen Leisure Centre in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The event is being organised in memory of Elwyna Thomas who passed away in October 2009. Elwyna was an active club swimmer and coach and as a tribute to her, the family has decided to organise an event along the lines of a charity swimathon.

The event will take the form of a “Swim the Atlantic Challenge” which will emulate the achievement of Frenchman Benoit Lecomte who in 1998 became the first person to swim 5980km (3716miles) across the Atlantic Ocean. He undertook the challenge to raise money for cancer charities in memory of his own father who died of bowel cancer.

Members of the following clubs - Carmarthen & District Swimming Club, Nofio Sir Gar Performance Squad, Carmarthenshire Masters Swimming Club and Carmarthen Water Polo club, together with Carmarthen Leisure Centre staff and other selected swimmers are to collectively swim the equivalent distance at the Carmarthen Leisure Centre Swimming Pool over the 5 week period. The total distance will equate to 239,200 lengths.

Elwyna received quality care from dedicated local Macmillan nurses during her illness. The care took the form of both emotional and medical support which also extended to the whole family. From their regular visits you could see that their role was a challenging one but they undertook it with enthusiasm and commitment, driven by the knowledge that they could make a difference to others.

The family would like to repay some of that support in a practical way so that others affected by cancer can receive the same support. Macmillan Cancer Support is a national charity and their nurses work closely with local support services, such as GPs, hospital oncology departments and hospices.

Macmillan Cancer Support relies on charitable donations for 99% of their income and all money raised will help at both a national and local level.

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Our target is a minimum of £5,980, a pound for every kilometre swum. So please dig deep and donate now.

Thank you.

Raising money for

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

Charity Registration No. 261017

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. We are Macmillan.

Donations 64

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An additional amount for Liz's skydive in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Donation by Andrew Thomas on 11/02/11

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Steff raised this amount by growing a beard. Thankfully, he has now shaved it off!

Donation by Tim Day on 06/01/11

£20.00

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Donation from Thomas family in lieu of Christmas Cards.

Donation by Andrew Thomas on 21/12/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Wyna was a lovely person and a good friend to my sister, Sue Morgan; and well done to her for doing her bit in Canada. xxx

Donation by TIM MORGAN on 14/12/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Donation by Aled Roberts on 19/11/10

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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Andy,Chris,Liz and Cath...Wyna would have been so proud of you all. What an Inspiring effort! All our Love Dave,Dagmar and Emily XXX

Donation by David Green on 14/11/10

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Well done to you all - you must have webbed feet by now!

Donation by Delyth Thomas on 04/11/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Well done Sue, Menna and all the supporters. What a great result for a great cause!

Donation by Sara Annika Steele on 04/11/10

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Well done Menna and everyone else! from Kim and John

Donation by Kim & John on 04/11/10

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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A great cause. x

Donation by Anonymous on 03/11/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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For my Aunt, Susan Morgan who swam it in Canada! In memory of her fabulous friend Elwyna x x x

Donation by Claire Morgan on 27/10/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Congratulations Wend.....well done, a great effort, a great cause x

Donation by Lyndis Nagle on 21/10/10

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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Well done Wendy and all - terrific effort and great cause. xx

Donation by Lorraine & Roy Matthews on 21/10/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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On behalf of the Nixon clan in the North-east. With best wishes.

Donation by Jill Thomas on 19/10/10

£63.00

+ £17.77 Gift Aid

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Congratulations on finishing the swim, you've done auntie Elwyna proud. Love Steve

Donation by Steven Smith on 10/10/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Good luck with your sponsored swim, Sue. Hope you raise lots of money in memory of your dear and sadly missed friend, Elwyna.

Donation by Linda Lewis on 09/10/10

£20.00

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Way to go Sue with your swim for Elwyna.Good luck today too!Elwyna will stay in my heart always!

Donation by Misty Powell on 09/10/10

£20.00

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For my sister in law Susan Morgan- keep going!!. We spent time with Elwyna at your wedding in Canada and remember her with much fondest xx

Donation by Susan Hart on 09/10/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Congratulations on raising a huge amount of money, love to you all, from Hefin, Linda, Sophie and Thomas Jones.

Donation by LINDA JONES on 06/10/10

£40.00

+ £11.28 Gift Aid

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In memory of a wonderful daughter-in-law, sadly missed.

Donation by Ron & Joan Thomas on 06/10/10

£200.00

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Well done Zappa et al, keep going, love from the Baileys.

Donation by Karen Bailey on 04/10/10

£50.00

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Sian, I expect 120k minimum. Brilliant effort though and a worthy cause.

Donation by Peter BOULTON on 22/09/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Good luck

Donation by James Greenwell on 21/09/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Good luck in completing the challenge all!

Donation by Laura Fry on 20/09/10

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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Elwyna, you were an inspiration, and now your friends & family continue to inspire in your name. You will never be forgotten. xxx

Donation by Gemma Morgan on 18/09/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,818.00
  • Offline donations£27,453.05
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£29,271.05
  • Gift Aid£408.41

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