Here is the The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim PR Story 2015
Glorious sunshine sees thousands turn out to support Galway Bay Swim
The summer arrived briefly in Galway on Saturday last bringing thousands of people to Blackrock to support the tenth annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West. The swim which attracted over 85 swimmers from across Ireland, UK, Australia, the U.S. and Scandinavia saw take to the waters in Co Clare before embarking on the 13km swim across to Blackrock Diving Tower
This year’s swim set a target of €100,000 for the tenth anniversary. “Funds are still pouring in, faster than we can count it and we are well on the way to the €100,000,” explained Brian Thornton organiser, swimmer and Board Director of Cancer Care West.
Fiona Thornton swam the entire 13km route and explained “I’ve been training in the 90 metre pool in Cambridge so I was prepared for the distance but not the jellies or the seals we met along the way! Fantastic day and I was so delighted to have had Kevin, Claire, Dad and Philip swimming with me. It was an incredible feeling coming home to Blackrock to such a welcome, can’t wait to do it all again next year!”
“Terrific day across the board with a terrific number of swimmers and volunteers and extremely well organised. The main thing is that all the swimmers came in safely and we raised the profile for Cancer Care West, plus we helped to raise much needed funding. Fran would have been pleased with it all.”
“We’ve had an unprecedented amount of exposure for the charity not just on a local and national scale but an international scale too. That’s partly down to the inclusion of swimmers from the abroad but also the growth in popularity of the swim online and digitally,” said Brian.
“Well the weather gods truly were with us and that went a long way to making it our most successful year to date. We had record amount of swimmers, record amounts of boats and safety crews, record crowds at Blackrock and record amounts of money raised! Straddled between two storms, we couldn’t have asked for a calmer, sunnier day… I think we got the best day of the summer?!
“A huge thank you has to go to the swimmers for their massive athletic undertaking and fundraising efforts and also to the marine community of the bay for their support, without which, the event wouldn’t be possible,” said Kevin Thornton.
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