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Fundraising and Training

How will you help create futures?

In fundraising for Team Domenica every swimmer is helping us build a future where people with learning disabilities are valued in the workplace and feel included as members of society. See the impact of our work by reading our success stories.

Setting up a fundraising target helps you to have a goal to work towards. Every penny you raise contributes directly to the training programmes of our candidates.


could provide two days of barista and skills training in Café Domenica for two candidates.


could provide one week of mentor support in our training centre for 8-10 candidates.


could provide 21 weeks of work experience for a candidate in the first-year of their journey.


could provide a year of Wrap Around Programme support for one employed candidate.


Depending on the distance chosen, we have created the below targets as a recommendation for our swimmers. Always feel free to go for a personal target, you know your supporters best!

  • 50m-400m: £100 – £200

  • 800m-1.6km: £300 – £400

  • 2.5k- 5km: £600 – £1,000


Team Domenica offers us candidates the chance to learn [and] build skills together in the most happy and productive way! Great Lengths gave me the positive opportunity to use my newly learned swimming to raise money for Team Domenica. I wanted the challenge [and now I feel] so happy and proud of my efforts!

Issie, Team Domenica candidate and Great Lengths 2023 swimmer

Two swimmers next to a swimming pool, smiling

Fundraising Tips and Tricks

  • Start early.

The date of your event may seem a long way away at the moment, but we promise it will fly round. Start fundraising straight away to maximise your success! Click here to set up your Just Giving page today!

  • Tell your story through social media and your Just Giving fundraising page.

Tell supporters about what you’re doing and why you’ve chosen to fundraise for us. Keep people updated by sharing photos and training reports whenever you can. This’ll help paint a picture of your journey, making it easier to ask them for support.

  • Ask family and close friends to donate first and spread the word.

You know you can probably rely on the support from family and friends. Ask them to donate first so that others can match their generosity. Ask them to share your fundraising page to spread the word.

  • Don’t forget to ask at work.

Your colleagues can be a great source of encouragement, be bold and ask for their help. Many companies also provide ‘match funding’ schemes which can make a significant contribution towards your target.



Training Plan

  • Once you’ve registered for the challenge, it is really important to start training as soon as possible.
  • Make use of your free swim at Sea Lanes, this is the perfect opportunity to have a trial of what it feels like to swim at the event.
  • Find a swim buddy or group to practice with and keep you on track.


Keep your eyes peeled for our training guide, coming soon! 


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