SWIMMING: Make a splash in Brigg for cancer charity

Entry forms are now available to take part in the world’s biggest fundraising swim for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Held at more than 600 pools across the UK from April 26 to 28, the event sees thousands of swimmers challenge themselves through 5k, 2.5k and 1.5k individual challenges or team 5k and 1.5k challenges, while raising funds to help Marie Curie Nurses care for terminally ill people at the end of their lives.

And you can get involved at The Ancholme Leisure Centre in Brigg.

TV Presenter Tim Lovejoy and Swimathon President and former Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew launched the 2013 event this week and now is the time to book.

The Swimathon 2013 session is available at Ancholme Leisure Centre on April 27 at 5.30pm and forms need to be collected from there as soon as possible.

Booking can also be done online at www.swimathon.org and if you can enter online before tomorrow, January 31, there is half price entry to the pool.

Charlotte Jackson, community fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care in Lincolnshire said: “Every year people across Lincolnshire take on a Swimathon challenge and have a great time raising funds along the way.

“You can even choose to take part individually or as part of a team. This year we hope even more people will take the plunge and raise funds to help Marie Curie Nurses provide more free nursing care to terminally ill people in their own homes.”

Marie Curie Cancer Care gives people with all terminal illnesses the choice to die at home. Funds raised by taking on Swimathon 2013 will help Marie Curie nurses provide them and their families with free hands-on care and emotional support right until the end.

Swimathon started in 1986 and since then more than half a million swimmers have taken part, raising more than £38 million for charity.