Brainwave 40 Big Swim Challenge

Our therapy programmes often include hydrotherapy which has many benefits – the warmth and buoyancy of the water can help children to relax their muscles and provides an opportunity for greater freedom of movement. As part of our service, we design and teach bespoke hydrotherapy programmes to families so that children can complete them regularly at their local hydrotherapy pools.

Will you take on the Brainwave 40 Big Swim Challenge and help us transform the lives of children with disabilities through our specialist Therapy Programme?

Brainwave is celebrating 40 Years.

Join our challenge team and help support children with disabilities

Take on the Brainwave 40 Big Swim Challenge…

Did you know that the River Irwell and the Bridgwater Canal are both approximately 40 miles long? 

64 lengths of a swimming pool is approximately one mile. 

Can you take on our swimming challenge – you swim the lengths in your local swimming pool and raise funds that will help transform the lives of children with disabilities.

You choose your distance and timescale…

  • 40 lengths over 10 days 
  • 64 lengths over 7 days 
  • 100 lengths over 4 days 

How far would you go to help children with disabilities?

How to apply

  1. Fill out the application form before 1 Sep 2022;
  2. You can apply to as many challenges as you want and the I Love MCR Charity Foundation will determine the candidate taking on the challenge
  3. Wait to be notified by the I Love MCR Foundation
  4. A member of the I Love MCR team will support you throughout your journey and assist in every step of the challenge;
  5. Donate and fundraise* via our official online fundraising partner, Givegain;
  6. Find your inner power, complete the challenge within the allocated timeline and become a champion.

*The challenger is encouraged to spread the word about the challenge to their networks, fundraise and encourage people to donate, however, I Love MCR will be promoting the initiative and helping to gather donations.

Terms and conditions

  • You can be supported by anyone on this journey
  • The person doing the challenge will need to send in proof of swimming and a screenshot of the watch showing the distance of the lengths chosen
  • You will be expected to submit selfies throughout your  journey
  • The person accepting the challenge does it in their own time and the organisers and charity will not be liable in the event of any injuries or extra expenses 
  • You will need to commit to attending a video shoot with I Love MCR to help promote your challenge attempt.
  • A member of I LOVE MCR will get in touch with the person selected and will help coordinate the challenge 

Brainwave Charity Challenge

Unlocking children’s potential: Brainwave is supported by the I Love MCR Charity Foundation and championed at the I Love MCR Power Awards

Who are we

Brainwave is a charity that exists to help children with disabilities achieve greater independence by aiming to improve their mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of specialist therapies. The children we work with have a range of conditions including autism, cerebral palsy and genetic disorders such as Down syndrome.

What we fund

Our specialist staff, including Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Sensory Integration trained Therapists and Learning & Development Specialists, work with the family to devise a unique Therapy Programme, specifically designed to suit their child’s needs, which will help encourage them to unlock their child’s potential.

Our vision

This year we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary of delivering life changing therapies for disabled children. We’re inviting everyone that has been touched by Brainwave throughout our 40 years to take part in our celebrations. There are many ways you can get involved – share your memories of Brainwave, donate, fundraise for us, or simply help raise awareness of our work. With the help of our kind supporters, we are hoping to raise an additional £40,000 in 2022 to fund a new full-time therapist which will enable us to support more children with disabilities.