Swim for charity at leisure centre

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A BOSTON swimming pool will again be playing host to a nationwide challenge to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The Geoff Moulder Leisure Centre, on Rowley Road, is one of the pools taking part in the Swimathon 2011, launched by TV presenter Gail Porter and Olympic Gold Medallist Duncan Goodhew.

Community fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care in Lincolnshire Stuart Wyle says: “Every year people across Lincolnshire take on the Swimathon challenge and have a great time raising funds and getting fit along the way.

“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 people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes.”

A record 580 pools across the UK will take part in the event between April 8-10, when 22,000 swimmers of all ages and abilities will come together.

It is hoped participants will raise more than £2 million.The charity expects to care for over 29,000 terminally-ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year.

Around 70 per cent of the charity’s income comes from the support of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of the funds coming from the NHS.

Early birds will enjoy half-price registration fees before January 31. People can choose from 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k challenges and entries to Swimathon 2011 are open until April 7.

l Information: either go to www.swimathon.org or call 0845 36 700 36.