In at deep end for cancer at leisure centre

Dean Grason promoting the swimathon at Whitby Leisure Centre''w131624a
Dean Grason promoting the swimathon at Whitby Leisure Centre''w131624a

Swimmers from Whitby will be jumping in at the deep end to help raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

A swimathon is taking place at Whitby Leisure Centre from today until Sunday and is part of a national event happening at over 600 pools across the country.

Those taking the plunge can choose from target distances of 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km distances but in lengths of the pool instead. It is open to all ages and abilities.

Over £27,000 was made locally last year and was put towards helping terminally ill people and their families.

Anne Pearson – who is joining up for a session and is a fundraising group member said: “I have been a supporter of Marie Curie for many years.

“I feel that this is a novel way for me to continue my support and raise funds to help those patients locally in need of our specialist nursing care as they come to the end of their lives.’

Michael Streets, a local community fundraiser for Marie Curie said: “Last year over 370 swimmers took part across our area and together raised a brilliant £27,430 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“We hope to raise even more in 2013.

“It’s a great way to get fit and every length will help raise vital funds.”