In 2017 the Chestnut Appeal teamed up with the Rotary Club of Looe Valley to hold the first Looe Island to East Looe Beach swim.
It was a great success and the 70+ swimmers raised in excess of £3,000 for the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer.
And so to 2018 and once again in partnership with the Rotary Club of Looe Valley the Chestnut Appeal is holding a swim from Looe Island to East Looe Beach.
The swim will take place on Sunday 9th September with a swim time of around 16.00. The length of the swim is a little over a mile.
Registration for the swim is £35. Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it’s the money you raise that helps Prostate Cancer patients and their families, so we ask all our Looe Island Swimmers set themselves a target of at least £75.
The Looe Island swim offers unique viewing opportunities and finishes in the heart of Looe, so it’s not just an iconic swim for the competitors; it’s also great for friends, family and other spectators.
Safety is a priority and Event Water Safety will support the event, along with the locally based RNLI and the Looe Harbour Commissioners. Event Water Safety specialises in mass participation swim safety. They provide safety cover at some of the UK’s biggest swim events including the Bournemouth Pier to Pier and the Dart 10k.
The Island itself is a nature reserve owned by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and the organisers are grateful for the cooperation of the Trust in allowing the swim to start from the Island beach, and to the boatmen who will ferry swimmers out for the start.
Money raised from the 2017 Looe Island Swim has been put towards the ongoing fundraising across Cornwall to enable the Chestnut Appeal to purchase an Ultrasound-MRI Fusion Scanner for the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
At a cost of £105,000 the Ultrasound – MRI Fusion Scanner for Targeted Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer is the very latest in equipment for faster diagnosis of prostate cancer.