CRESWELL: Region’s leisure centre hosts charity drive

Pictured is Swimathon president and Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew, third right, with fundraisers.
Pictured is Swimathon president and Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew, third right, with fundraisers.

CRESWELL Leisure Centre is diving into the world’s biggest swimming fundraising event of the year as people prepare to take part in the 2013 Swimathon.

Held at over 600 pools across the UK from 26-28 April, Swimathon 2013 will see thousands of swimmers challenge themselves through 5k, 2.5k and 1.5k individual challenges or Team 5k/1.5k challenges, while raising vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care to provide care and support for terminally ill people at the end of their lives.

Creswell Leisure Centre is challenging local people to make a splash and do their bit for charity whilst also helping them to keep fit, have fun and stay healthy during its event on April 27.

Last year the centre had 22 people taking part who raised a massive £1,006 for charity, but they are hoping to do even better this year and raise in excess of £1,500.

The Swimathon is open to all ages and abilities, whether you want to swim the ultimate Swimathon 5k for Marie Curie Cancer Care, or you want to swim a short distance the Swimathon has a challenge for you.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “The 2012 Swimathon was a massive hit and great fun and we want to make 2013 even bigger. Swimming is one of the best ways to keep fit and healthy and have fun with your friends so why not take up the challenge and also help raise some money for this very worthwhile charity. So what are you waiting

for, sign up and make a splash in the 2013 Swimathon.”

For those who prefer to cheer on from the sidelines, they can still do their bit by sponsoring local people who are taking part in the Swimathon Weekend by going to ‘sponsor a swimmer’ on Alternatively, they can volunteer to be a lap counter at Creswell Leisure Centre.

Swimathon President and Olympic Gold Medalist Duncan Goodhew said: “With the start of the New Year, what better way to kick-start a healthy new fitness regimen than hitting the pool and training up for a Swimathon challenge. Every stroke counts as our dedicated Swimathon 2013 swimmers raise funds for Marie Cure Cancer Care by swimming one of our individual or team challenges.

“I wish Creswell Leisure Centre every success for their challenge during this year’s Swimathon.”

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, in their own homes, right until the end.