World’s biggest charity swim returns

Duncan Goodhew and Tim Lovejoy
Duncan Goodhew and Tim Lovejoy

THE world’s biggest fundraising swim is back in the county for another year, and Marie Curie Cancer Care is urging Lincs swimmers to sign up for the challenge.

Held at over 600 pools across the UK from 26th to 28th April, the event sees thousands of swimmers challenge themselves through 5k, 2.5k and 1.5k individual challenges or Team 5k/1.5k challenges, while raising funds to help Marie Curie Nurses care for terminally ill people at the end of their lives.

Television presenter Tim Lovejoy and Swimathon president, Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew launched the event this week with the unveiling of their Swimathon Squad.

Duncan, Tim, a Marie Curie Cancer Care supporter and a journalist undertook their first training session this month ahead of their 5k team challenge.

Lovejoy explained why it was a cause close to his heart.

“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.”

“Like many people, my family has been affected by cancer so I know just how important the Marie Curie Nursing service is to people at the end of their lives and their families.”

Marie Curie Cancer Care supporter Hannah, 18, from Lincoln added: “I supported Marie Curie Cancer Care through Swimathon as they helped to look after my Grandma before she passed away and they had supported my family during this difficult time.”

“I feel that everyone should sign up to Swimathon as it is for an amazing cause.”

Charlotte Jackson, community fundraiser in Lincs said: “Every year people across Lincolnshire take on a Swimathon challenge and have a great time raising funds along the way.”

“This year we hope even more people will take the plunge to help Marie Curie Nurses provide more free nursing care to terminally ill people in their own homes,” she added.