Raise funds in an open water swim

We are very excited to be able to offer 20 fundraising places at a 500m open water swim! This is a great opportunity to raise money for Beat SCAD by taking part in a fantastic night-time open water swim, followed by a fireworks display!

T2 Events have kindly discounted the places for The Fireworks 500 night swim on 5 November 2022, at Capernwray Dive Centre near Lancaster.

Places are £15 each, payable to Beat SCAD, and there is a minimum fundraising commitment of £300 per entrant.

To apply for a place, please click here and complete the form. We’ll need your name, address, date of birth, email address and any relevant medical conditions. This information will be shared with T2 Events and the dive centre staff.

You will need to provide suitable equipment. T2 Events recommend wetsuits, neoprene gloves, hats and socks. The water temperature is about 12ºC but can feel lower depending on the outdoor temperature.

T2 Events also ask you to provide tow floats with lights in (this reduces the use of glow sticks, which are less environmentally friendly).

For more information about this amazing event, go to the T2 Events website. And click the button below to enter.

You can also buy t-shirts (£15) and hoodies (£25) from T2 Events via their contact page. Please let them know what size you require.

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Photo: James Kirby

SCAD patient runs first 10K to raise money for Beat SCAD

Just eight months after her SCAD in March, aged 47, Jill Scaife ran her first ever 10K on 7 November!

Jill wasn’t on her own when she completed the Middlesbrough 10K, though. Her two sisters, Debs and Kay, ran alongside her and they all crossed the finish line together, holding hands.

Jill (pictured centre) told us she’d never run more than 5K before her SCAD. Debs entered all three sisters to the race at the beginning of the year and, after Jill had her SCAD, joked that she’d taken trying to get out of the race a bit too far!

She started training just eight weeks before the race and the longest distance she’d run was 8.5K, so achieving 10K is a major milestone for her.

Well done, Jill, on this fantastic achievement and thanks to everyone who supported her and donated money to raise more than £1,600 for Beat SCAD, smashing Jill’s original target of £100.

Jill, who also raised more than £4,800 in the summer at a garden party, told us “I am determined to raise awareness of SCAD and hopefully help find some answers. The not knowing why it happens is one of the things I have really struggled with.”

The end of an era… Karen Rockell steps down as a Trustee

After six amazing years, it’s the end of an era for Beat SCAD as co-founder Karen Rockell steps down as Trustee.

Karen has always been at the heart of the charity, working tirelessly on the Beat SCAD mission to raise awareness, provide support and fundraise for research.

She has generously shared an array of skills and talents. Her vast business knowledge, ability to network, make contacts and build relationships has helped us push forward in many areas. Her endless enthusiasm and ability to seek opportunities, her ability to communicate with and educate a variety of audiences through public speaking and training sessions, and her endless ideas will be missed.

Beat SCAD would not be where we are today without Karen’s hard work, commitment and dedication to the cause. We are extremely grateful to Karen for all her contributions and Trustees Rebecca, Debbie, Harriet and Sarah are also thankful that Karen will continue to support the charity and assist with projects as a volunteer.

You can read Karen’s story here.