Brenainn’s Charity Dip

The WELL Team was delighted to hear from Brenainn who works in CMS in Great Northern Tower. This is Brenainn story.

Hello, my name is Brenainn and I would like to ask for a moment of your time to read what I have to say.

So, I’m Brenainn, in my early 30’s & I’m one of the newer members of Belfast’s Child Maintenance Service Telephony Triage Team. I enjoy staring a black line in the floor at 6:30 in the morning for extended periods at a time and I would like to share with you a bit of what I’ve been up to outside of the office since I joined CMS in January.

At the start of the year, I made the decision to get back in the pool. So, I took myself down to my local pool, got in the water, swam three lengths and left pretty defeated. I also threw up on the walk home, but we’ll skip on past that. Having spent too much money to give up so soon I went back a couple of days later and tried again. This time not eating beforehand. Was I like a fish? No, but I was a little better than I was before. I made it to four lengths. I decided to set myself the goal of being able to swim 1km (40 lengths) by Easter. What started out s three sessions a week quickly moved to four then to five or more in a week. I’ve gotten better and better with each passing week, so it made perfect sense to sign-up to Swimathon 2024 and build on my original goal by adding and additional 500m (20 lengths) to that initial goal!

My desire to raise money for this event in aid of Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie has come form my own and my families’ experiences with cancer and end of life care. My family has used palliative care services through several hospice charities and have always been happy to raise money to support them throughout the years. I’m proud to be taking part in Swimathon and their partnership with Marie Curie as I’ve experienced firsthand the excellent care and support that they can provide to both their patients and their loved ones. Cancer is a disease that it is hard to escape the shadow of and will have touched the lives of most people reading this life in some way shape or form, please consider donating to help fund these charities.

Cancer Research UK is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in the world and will stay at the forefront of the global fight against cancer. 1 in 2 of us will get cancer. All of us can support the research that will beat it.

Marie Curie is here for people with any terminal illness, and those close to them from diagnosis to bereavement. Their nurses and healthcare assistants support families directly across the UK. Their free support line can help with any question about end of life care and they campaign for structural change and fund vital research that improves end of life for everyone.


If anyone would like to support Brenainn in his quest, you can do so through is justgiving page by clicking here.