GAW swim club covid impact fund - Tokyo challenge

by Ellie Donnelly in Gateshead, England, United Kingdom

GAW swim club covid impact fund - Tokyo challenge
We did it
On 9th May 2021 we successfully raised £165 with 12 supporters in 35 days

I’m doing the Tokyo challenge, raising funds for Gateshead and Whickham swim club to replace income we normally make from our own galas.

Why am I fundraising?

My club has been unable to run its own swimming galas during COVID.  The funds we raise from our galas are a significant part of our overall income and help us pay for our pool hire and coaching. 

We are raising funds to replace this lost income and our target is to raise £16,000, the same amount that we raised from our galas in 2019.  Sport England will contribute 30% of our target, as long as we raise the rest ourselves.  

The additional funds will enable the club pay for a significant increase our water time so we can train at a level which enables us to compete successfully.  This is really important to me, and to other swimmers at the club, so we can achieve our swimming goals. 

What is the Tokyo challenge?

During the Easter holidays, swimmers from the club, including me and my family (mam, dad and sister), will be clocking up lots of miles by walking, running, cycling and swimming.  We will also earn miles by doing 75 press ups, 75 continuous burpees and maintaining a plank position for 3 minutes. The challenge is that together we will travel the 5,766 mile distance from Gateshead to Tokyo, the venue for this year’s Olympics.

What are my personal targets for the Tokyo challenge?

Me and my family want to achieve a distance of 200 miles during the easter holidays, and raise £150 for the club through donations made by supporters to my page.

How you can help me raise funds for the club

Please help me to reach my target of £150 by making a donation to my crowdfunding page.  Your donations will count towards the overall target, and for every £1 donated, Sport England will be contributing another 43 pence.  

You can also help by buying one of the great rewards we have on offer on the main GAW crowdfunding page, which are often at discounted prices. Many of our rewards relate to swimming, but there are plenty which will interest people who are not involved in swimming.

Here is the link to the main GAW crowdfunding page:

Gateshead & Whickham swim club COVID impact fund - a Sports crowdfunding project in Whickham by Matthew Grant (

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