Entries open for world’s biggest fundraising swim

Entries open for world’s biggest fundraising swim

Swimmers across Kent are being encouraged to make a splash by signing up to a new challenge in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Running from April 26 to 28, the event takes place at 600 pools across the country and sees thousands of swimmers taking on a variety of challenges – they can opt for the 5km, 2.5km or 1.5km individual swims or the Team Challenges of 5km or 1.5km. The money raised through Swimathon will help Marie Curie nurses to care for terminally ill people at the end of their lives.

Olympic gold winning swimmer and Swimathon President, Duncan Goodhew, helped to launch this year’s event, along with TV presenter Tim Lovejoy. The pair will be taking part in the 5km Team Challenge so they were keen to embark on their first training session.

“Being part of the Swimathon Squad is a fantastic opportunity to brush up on my swimming skills, while raising awareness of Marie Curie Cancer Care,” Tim says.

Since the Swimathon event started in 1986 more than half a million swimmers have taken the plunge, raising over £38million for charity. Participants for the 2013 event can enter online at www.swimathon.org   Enter before January 31 and you can take advantage of half price entry.