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We have partnered with JustGiving, the #1 platform for online giving in the world, to help our swimmers raise even more money for official charity partners Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. 

If you haven’t already set up your JustGiving page yet don’t worry, there’s still time! Follow the simple steps below to get started:

  1. Click on 'Manage My Challenge' in your swimmer login area
  2. Select 'Fundraising' on the menu tab  
  3. Personalise your page with a name and URL. It’s a great way to make sure your supporters can find your page easily!
  4. You will then automatically be sent to the JustGiving website to either login to your account (if you already have one) or create a JustGiving account 
  5. Once authorised, you will head back to the Swimathon website to complete your registration 
  6. Then you're done and ready to start sharing your JustGiving page! 

If you have created your JustGiving page but have not linked it to your Swimathon profile, you can do so in your swimmer login area.

Find out more about Swimathon 2020 and how your sponsorship will help make a difference by visiting the JustGiving website.


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JustGiving fundraising guides

JustGiving have created a simple-to-use guide to help you make the most out of your fundraising page. By following their easy tips you could raise more. They have provided you with tips on how to choose a great photo, tell your story, and optimise your page so that you can raise as much money as possible:

Check out the Top 10 fundraising tips below, to optimise your JustGiving page and get those donations flooding in!

1. Promote your selfie

Fundraisers with pictures on their page raise 14% more per photo. A perfect excuse for a #selfie.

2. Tell your personal story 

Why do you care? Tell your story about why you are fundraising.

3. Shoot for a target  

Pages with a target raise 46% more. Aim high and tell the world.

4.Don't be afraid to share  

Sharing on Facebook, social media and WhatsApp raises more. Don’t be afraid, people want to hear about the good things you are doing.

5. Don't forget about email  

There are lots of your friends, colleagues and neighbours who are not on social networks but would love to hear about what you are doing.  

6. Be creative

Think of interesting ways to get people excited about your fundraising. “If I reach £1,000, I’ll take part in the event wearing fancy dress.”  

7. Update your page  

Let supporters know how you are doing by updating your page often, they will enjoy following your progress and you can even do it through our smartphone app.

8. Encourage others  

Convince your friends to take part and raise money as well it makes the experience more fun!

9. Buddy Up  

There is strength in numbers. People in teams regularly raise 10% more. 

10. It's not over 'til it's over  

20% of donations come in after an event has ended, so make sure you follow up the event with an update about how you did.