Swimmers to make splash for charity

SWIMMERS in Waveney will make a splash for charity as they complete the Swimathon 2010 challenge at Bungay Pool and Gym.The event, on Saturday April 17, will help to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Swimathon Foundation.

SWIMMERS in Waveney will make a splash for charity as they complete the Swimathon 2010 challenge at Bungay Pool and Gym.

The event, on Saturday April 17, will help to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Swimathon Foundation.

Bungay Pool is one of over 500 pools taking part in Swimathon 2010 nationwide, and it has already filled all its spaces for the event.

A total of 25 entrants or teams are taking part, equating to around 44 swimmers and everybody involved is hoping to beat last year's fundraising total of �2,272.63.


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However, if people would still like to take part they can enter the Simply Swim Challenge, which gives them the freedom to choose their own distance, set their own pace and even carry out their challenge over a number of days.

Jenny Lytton, duty manager at Bungay Pool and Gym, said: 'It's going to be fantastic to see everybody taking part and fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care to enable terminally ill patients to have the best possible end of life care.

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'The response to this year's call for entries has been amazing. We even have two staff teams so I'll definitely be cheering them on. We have some Swimathon regulars taking part again and also some new faces looking to take on the challenge. We're really looking forward to our event and aiming to beat our fundraising total from last year.'

Z�e Salmon and Duncan Goodhew were the first of 15,000 people to dive in the pool for Swimathon 2010 at the national launch. This year, Swimathon is looking to exceed the �1.5m it raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation in 2009 - by encouraging everyone in the UK to get in the pool for the world's biggest swim.

Mr Goodhew said: 'Swimathon is incredibly exciting. It enables normal people to do extraordinary things. Everyone's challenge is very much their own - but not only do their efforts benefit themselves, they benefit their country and the charities.'

Swimathon 2010 has a challenge to suit everyone with swimmers challenging themselves to complete up to 5K as an individual or as a team with their friends and family.

To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse. For more information about Marie Curie Cancer Care, please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk.

To enter the Simply swim challenge visit www.swimathon.org or call 0845 36 700 36.

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