Swim along with the Swimathon

Whitby Leisure Centre is calling on people to raise money for charity by swimming into action on Saturday 9 April.

Thousands of swimmers nationwide will help raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation by swimming 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km.

Duncan Goodhew, MBE, Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon president, said: “Swimathon is a great way of raising money to help thousands of terminally ill people across the UK.

“So shake off those winter blues, get down to your local leisure centre and start training for the swim of your life.”

Funds raised by Swimathon will allow Marie Curie nurses to provide free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own home or in one of the charity’s hospices.

Chris Storer, manager of Whitby Leisure Centre, said: “Swimathon is the perfect event to train for and participate in with your friends and family.

“You can set yourself a challenge to work towards, as well as raising money for charity.”

To find out more about Swimathom, to enter the 2011 challenge, or to sponsor a swimmer, visit www.swimathon.org.

Alternatively you can volunteer to be a lap counter by emailing info@swimathon.org.