Cayman Islands: Over £120,000 Raised In First Intertrust London City Swim
Last Updated: 3 October 2017

320 swimmers joined the first London City Swim last Friday, to raise awareness for Motor Neuron Disease. Over £120,000 was raised which will go to Project MinE, the ground breaking international genetic research programme for MND, internationally known as ALS. Intertrust was main sponsor of the event.

David de Buck, CEO of Intertrust: "It's great to see over 300 swimmers raising awareness and funds for Motor Neuron Disease. It has been a fantastic event made more so by the commitment from all those across the City who took part. By sponsoring this first London City Swim, we hope to make a small difference in fighting MND."

Huibert Vigeveno, Chair, London City Swim, added: "London City Swim was a fabulous success and we look forward to making it a regular fixture in the capital."

The event was supported by The MND Association and The Stephen Hawking Foundation - and enjoyed messages of support from MND Association patrons and actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne, while a big screen video message from Professor Hawking was played next to the water. He said: "I am delighted to see this great swim to help raise funds and awareness for motor neurone disease. To everyone who dives in for me, and all of us living with MND, know that you are making a real difference. You are inspirational."

The event to date has raised £120,343.09, and that figure is set to grow with donations continuing to come in until next month - the standing total is available on the website www.londoncityswim.com.

About the City Swim

City Swim is an annual fundraiser that started in Amsterdam in 2012, after a group of friends decided to find a way to raise money for a colleague suffering from MND. It soon took off, with thousands of like-minded locals jumping into Amsterdam's canals to take part in the inaugural event and has become an annual crowd puller in the city. Organisers took City Swim to New York two years ago, with swimmers taking part in the Hudson River - and the weekend event was the first time it had taken place in London. To date, the City Swim events have raised over £8m in aid of research and support for those living with MND, and all money raised in donations from the London event will go to Project MinE.

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