Help Save City of Milton Keynes Swim Club

by City of Milton Keynes Swim Club (CMKSC) in Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom

Help Save City of Milton Keynes Swim Club
We did it
On 5th January 2021 we successfully raised £25,835 with 207 supporters in 66 days

COVID-19 has created an uncertain future for our club - our very survival is in doubt. Can you help us to continue supporting our swimmers?

by City of Milton Keynes Swim Club (CMKSC) in Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

One we stabilise our finances, ensuring we can operate safely and viably, we'd love to continue growing so we can enable more children from all backgrounds and situations to enjoy the benefits of our fantastic sport!


Our story is best told by the some of the swimmers we support. After watching our film, please read on...

Who are we?

CMK is the leading swimming club in North Buckinghamshire. We're a not-for-profit organisation and help children and young adults of all ages develop this amazing life skill, straight from learn to swim up to elite level (with many happy competitive club swimmers in between!)

The club is entirely run by volunteers, but we employ a small team of expert coaches to ensure our swimming kids get the best and safest training they can.

Small and perfectly formed!

Despite being the leading club in our area we only have 300 swimmers, which is small by the standards of a lot of city-based clubs. So it makes it all the more impressive that we're one of the most successful clubs in the country. 

Our talented kids have improved their performance levels year-on-year and are now rocking all meets and competitions they enter. 

We're proud to have nurtured record numbers of qualifiers at county, regional and national championship level, as well as a small number who have competed internationally - plus our most famous current member, Joss Ulyett, has reached superstar status by competing in both the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, becoming multiple British record holder,  and in October and November is swimming in the International Swimming League for Toronto Titans in Budapest!

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Amazingly for such a small club we were 'Most Improved Club' at the 2019 British Summer Championships in Glasgow, have qualified twice in the last three years for the National Arena League national finals in Cardiff, and have several swimmers on all stages of the GB talent-pathway programmes.

Recent club achievements just prior to lockdown:

  • 65 swimmers qualified for the 2020 Oxon and North Bucks County Champs
  • 16 swimmers competed at 2019 Winter Regional Champs (18 medals won!)
  • Stormed the 2019 British Summer Championships (4 medals won, 2x county junior records and 9 club records broken)
  • 2 swimmers selected for international duty representing the South East Region.

But it's not just about success. Many of our members swim to keep fit and healthy, for the social aspects of being part of a club, or simply because they enjoy their swimming.

Why we are asking for your support

With all this success you may ask why we need help. 

Safely supporting 300 swimming kids doesn't come cheap. We get no large grants of funding from the national bodies, so we have to be self-funding. Our running cost are partly paid for by monthly fees from our members, but also from us hosting our own open competitions which bring in other swimmers (and their entry fees) from outside the club.   

But, as you'd expect, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected us financially:

  • Being prevented from running the vital income-generating competitions that balance our books has left a £20,000 hole in our finances
  • During the first lockdown we were unable to train and that meant we couldn't charge our regular fees, but many of our fixed costs continued
  • We’re now entering the second lockdown and our training pools will be closed for all of November - so history will repeat itself 
  • When we could train in between the first and second lockdowns, to keep our swimmers safe and comply with Swim England guidance, we limited the number who could be in the pool at any one time. This meant the pool time we had generated less income per swimmer
  • Some of our pool suppliers have put their fees up

We're now in the position that despite putting our member fees up significantly, cutting our costs and through several heroic fundraisers, we're still making a loss each and every month. 

Our small reserves are draining away and we can't carry on like this for much longer. 

Sadly, all the signs are that life isn't expected to return to normal until Summer 2021 at the earliest. So, until we can get back to training and run income-generating competitions that get us back to the position of being able to cover our costs again, our financial position will continue to get worse. 

Our viability and very survival are at risk. 

At the current rate, it's likely the city of Milton Keynes won't have a performance swimming club by next Summer, unless something major changes :-(

No swimming club in Milton Keynes would be a tragedy for the children and for the city itself.

What your support will mean for our swim kids

The sad fact is that our brilliant and safe sport is needed more than ever. It’s an escape from the stresses of the pandemic - school and home-life are tough, yet swimming supports mental health and wellbeing, and of course you won’t find a fitter and healthier group of kids!  

Whilst we're a sports club, we are so much more to the swimmers and their families - and indeed to the local community. We are a swim family!

Please consider giving what you can

We're running our own fundraising events but these won't be enough to fill our income gap, so anything you can contribute will help ensure we can continue supporting the swim kids. 

We should be able to secure matched funding from Sport England, so anything donated unlocks support from the Government!

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And as a 'thank you' from our swimmers, anything you give will qualify you for the small rewards on this page.

The CMK swimming family thanks you for reading, and hopefully supporting us.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

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CMK branded sports bottle for every supporter!

Every supporter who kindly pledges more than £10 will be given a special, limited-edition CMK supporters bottle. Perfect for training - and a definite collectors item!

£15 or more

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50% off Kumon registration fee RRP £50

*SALE - REDUCED FROM £25* The Kumon Maths and English Study Programmes enable children of any age and ability to become confident learners, going one step further than traditional tuition by equipping them with the skills to learn for themselves. For only £15 you’ll secure the normal £50 registration session for Jan 2021 entry at MK Central (Monkston Park), so if you’re thinking of enrolling, this is a must-have offer. Details on request

£15 or more

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Personal Training Session RRP£40

Buy a bargain one hour personal training session courtesy of our supporters Pro Training PT and Build A Body - and support CMK in the process! Get yourself into shape after Christmas with a personalised session tailored just for you. You’ll receive expert advice on exercise, lifestyle and nutrition to help you achieve your body goals. Can be f2f after lockdown, outdoors or via Zoom - your choice!

£25 or more

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CMK Open Meet VIP spectator package

When we're able to run our open meets again, this VIP spectator package gives you a full weekend admission pass, no queue entry, programme, choice of seat (front row or a seat with extra legroom perhaps) and a hot drink from the Cafe. Amazing value - but get in soon as we only have 5 of these super packages! Can be used at any CMK open meet during 2021

£100 or more

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FOR BUSINESSES - become a CMK fan on our website

Your business and logo will be added to a brand new CMK business supporters community page on our website. We'll promote this to our followers wherever we can, showing how you're helping us develop our swimming mission in Milton Keynes. NB we will offer this retrospectively to the firms who have already kindly pledged support to us

£150 or more

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FOR BUSINESSES - sponsor our annual awards evening

*SALE - REDUCED FROM £250* the successes of our swimmers are celebrated at an annual presentation evening. It's the one time of year our entire club gets together at one huge social occasion - obviously in normal times. It's great fun! Your business will be recognised as our sponsor, with your logo across all our event promotional materials and on the website

£5 or more

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£15 Patisserie Valerie voucher for only £5

*SALE - REDUCED FROM £10* Donate only £5 and get a £15 voucher for this super patisserie. Treat yourself to a post lockdown pick-you-up cake, gateaux or even a Yule log for Christmas. Enjoy!

£7 or more

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£20 Crystal Chain Online Jewellery Voucher

*SALE - REDUCED FROM £10* Another bargain opportunity if you've started your Christmas shopping - or want to treat yourself. Get this £20 voucher for only £7 for some beautiful jewellery. They have branches all over although the MK one is currently closed, but order online at www.crystalchain.com and get free delivery for orders over £20

£10 or more

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Two bottles of white wine

For just a tenner you could get your Christmas celebrations off to a great start with two bottles of white wine. Cheers #chinchin

£10 or more

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Bottle of Prosecco

Support our club with just £10 and we'll thank you with a bottle of Italian fizz, just in time for Christmas. Enjoy!

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Patisserie Valerie voucher for only £10

Donate £10 and get a £15 voucher for this super patisserie. Treat yourself to a post lockdown pick-you-up cake, gateaux or even a Yule log for Christmas. Enjoy x

£10 or more

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A strip of 5 'virtual Christmas raffle' tickets

Our raffle tickets cost £2.50 each but for a tenner you could get 5 chances to win one of our superb prizes - see 'updates' for full details. If you want more than one strip simply increase your donation by multiples of £10. We'll email you the numbers once you've donated

£15 or more

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Bottle of whisky RRP £16.99

Donate £15 and a bottle of Teacher's whisky is yours, just in time for Christmas. RRP £16.99 so a bargain whilst helping CMK! Cheers!

£15 or more

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Wash, Cut & Blow Dry RRP £40

*SALE - REDUCED FROM £25* Treat yourself to a post-lockdown hair pamper courtesy of Starr Hair by Sarah in Calvert, Bucks

£15 or more

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TYR Big Mesh Mummy Backpack 25L RRP£20.95

Kindly donated by our kit partner TYR, this smart backpack has recently been updated with a 20% bigger design and is the perfect choice for hauling kit around. A great Christmas present idea for any swimmer. Only one available in blue/yellow. Photo in ‘updates’ and for details cut & paste this URL into your browser https://tyr.co.uk/accessories/bags/big-mesh-mummy-backpack-5583.html#em-product-info

£15 or more

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Little Cracker of Joy from Tropic Skincare RRP£24

Treat yourself or someone you care about this Christmas to an award winning beauty product from Tropic Skincare. These indulgent butterbalms contain Hazelnut Mocha, Almond Matcha Latte and Coconut Hot Chocolate, and will stay on your lips all day. Nourishing, hydrating and softening. Picture in 'updates' and cut & paste this link for full details - https://tropicskincare.com/products/little-cracker-of-joy-the-butterbalm-collection

£15 or more

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*COLLECTOR'S ITEM* ISL white designer t-shirt

Courtesy of our International Swimming League superstar Joss Ulyett, donate only £15 and claim this rare, white ISL logo t-shirt (in small) from London designer Natasha Zinko. What a brilliant reward. See photo in updates

£15 or more

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AWESOME OFFER Call of Duty PS4 game RRP£54.99

*SALE - REDUCED FROM £30* A fabulous bargain for Christmas. For your support we can provide you with a code (not the boxed product) to download this super-popular black-ops Cold War game for PS4. Note the recommended age is 18

£18 or more

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Joy Drum Uplift from Tropic Skincare RRP£25

Treat yourself this Christmas. Using mineral rich sea salts and a blend of essential oils, the Citrus Body Scrub will exfoliate away dead skin cells and leave your skin soft and smooth. The Citrus Cleansing pebble will amp up your in-shower routine. And the Citrus Whipped Body Velvet that smells like lemon meringue pie and melts into skin like warm butter. Picture in 'updates' & details here https://tropicskincare.com/products/joy-drum-uplift-me

£18 or more

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Joy Drum Cocoon from Tropic Skincare RRP£25

A Coconut Body Scrub will get your skin silky smooth and glowing. The Body Pebble is a nourishing blend of shea butter that doesn’t disrupt the skin’s pH, it also comes with the handy Pebble Pouch. Completing the hydrating trio is the Whipped Body Velvet, an amazing aerated cream-to-mousse formula that melts at body temperature. Picture in 'updates' & details here - https://tropicskincare.com/products/joy-drum-cocoon-me

£20 or more

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Joy Drum Unwind from Tropic Skincare RRP£28

Sleepy Bath Foam will relax every muscle in your body, including your brain. The So Sleepy Whipped Body Velvet is filled with the same skin-nourishing shea and rarabe butters as the original scent. Also included is Temple Roll-On to complete the bedtime story. Apply it on temples, wrists and even across your chest and then tuck yourself in and inhale the aromas. Picture in 'updates' & details here https://tropicskincare.com/products/joy-drum

£25 or more

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Free entry to our Christmas raffle

Every £25 you donate will gain you a free ticket in our Christmas raffle to have a chance of winning a fabulous hamper

£25 or more

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Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) RRP £49.99

Grab yourself the sleek next generation Echo Dot smart speakers in Twilight Blue just in time for Christmas. Stream your music, audiobooks and podcasts, connect to other smart-home devices to control room lights or heating, or simply ask Alexa anything you like. You'll find them on offer online but not at this price! Only two available so act fast!

£25 or more

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Personal Training Session(s) RRP £40

Buy a bargain one hour personal training session courtesy of our supporters Pro Training PT and Build A Body - and support CMK in the process! Get yourself into shape after Christmas with a personalised session tailored just for you. You’ll receive expert advice on exercise, lifestyle and nutrition to help you achieve your body goals. Can be f2f after lockdown, outdoors or via Zoom - your choice!

£30 or more

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Hotel Chocolat Christmas Collection RRP £55

Fabulous offer! For a donation of only £30 this large Christmas collection of festive and favourite goodies worth £55 is yours! It contains: The Classic Christmas H-box, The Winter Puddings H-box, The Milk Chocolate Jolly Penguin, The Sleigh Team 10 White Chocolate Reindeer, The Mini Christmas Selection, Santa Tiddly Pot (x2), Ho Ho Ho Pillow Pack (x2) & a Milk Chocolate Santa Lolly - see updates tab for photo. Happy Choco Christmas!

£30 or more

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*COLLECTOR'S ITEM* ISL bundle from Toronto Titans

Courtesy of our International Swimming League superstar Joss Ulyett, this rare bundle contains a lane marker signed by the Titans roster swimmers, a Titans face mask and a white ISL logo t-shirt (in medium) from London designer Natasha Zinko. What a brilliant reward. See photos in updates

£30 or more

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AWESOME OFFER Call of Duty XBOX game RRP£54.99

A fabulous bargain for Christmas. For your suppport we can provide you with a code (not the boxed product) to download this super-popular black-ops Cold War game for XBOX. Note the recommended age is 18

£40 or more

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Hygge-themed hamper (Danish for cosy!) RRP £50

This fabulous hamper of cosy goodies is worth £50 but could be yours for only £40. It contains a red cashmink scarf, rustic house LED lantern, bottle of Chamboug, drinks tray and pine cone decoration. A lovely personal treat of gift for a loved one - see updates for photo

£40 or more

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Full Body Treatment RRP £60

Give your body an MOT through a full treatment from Starr Therapies & Sports Injury Clinic in Calvert, Bucks. Mark Starr is physio to several CMK swimmers and parents, and comes highly recommended

£40 or more

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TYR USA Print 45L Backpack RRP£55

Kindly donated by our kit partner TYR, this state of the art kit-bag is a bargain at only £40 and will stand out poolside. Brilliant Christmas present for that super keen swimmer! Be quick, there only one... Photo in ‘updates’ and for details cut & paste this URL into your browser https://tyr.co.uk/alliance-team-backpack-45l-usa-print-4255.html#em-product-info

£50 or more

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Aerial photograph of your home or business RRP£250

*SALE - REDUCED FROM £100* From a CAA-licenced drone operator, this fabulous donated reward is for an aerial photography/video session of a privately owned residence or business. It's worth £250 and involves flying drones to capture images and video that create a perfect memento or that can be turned into a canvass. A quality reward at a bargain price - and supporting CMK to boot!

£250 or more

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Bottle of champagne

If you donate £250, as a small thank you for your massive support, we'll give you a premium bottle of fizz - perfect for Christmas!

£500 or more

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FOR BUSINESSES - sponsor our next open meet

Obviously we're not able to run our open competitions at present, but when we do they attract swimmers and their parents from all over the region. This unique opportunity will give you sole sponsorship of our first post-pandemic open meet, with your logo on all our promotional materials inc the website. You'll also receive a full page advert in the meet programme and we'll announce your support of our club via all our social media channels!

£500 or more

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FOR BUSINESSES - sponsorship of a 2021 open meet

Obviously we're not able to run our open competitions at present, but when we do they attract swimmers & their parents from all over the region. This opportunity will give you sole sponsorship of a post-pandemic open meet in 2021 (not the first), with your logo on all our promotional materials inc the website. You'll also receive a full page advert in the meet programme and we'll announce your support of our club via all our social media channels

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