Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is back for 2017 and swimmers across the UK are being encouraged to jump in one of over 600 participating pools and raise vital funds for Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families.
The event will take place across the weekend of 7th-9th April and is extra special this year as Swimathon will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. Swimathon began in 1986 as a pilot programme for swimmers in London only. Since the launch of the annual event in 1988, nearly 700,000 participants have taken part and raised £46 million which has been distributed to 36 different charities.
Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k Individual or Team 5k or 1.5k distances and raise funds for Marie Curie.
Marie Curie Community Fundraiser Lisa Wild is encouraging people in Teesside to put on their swim suits and head down to their local pool to take part in a Swimathon Challenge: “Swimathon sessions will be taking place in The Neptune Centre, Rainbow Leisure Centre, and Eston Leisure Centre. We’re looking for swimmers to help make this the biggest and best Swimathon yet. In 2015, 22,600 swimmers took part and helped raise a brilliant £1.9 million for Marie Curie – a fantastic achievement but one we are hoping to beat this year.”
For more information on how to sign up to Swimathon, please visit www.swimathon.org