Locals urged to swim to raise cash for charity

Picture by JANE BARLOW. 24th January 2013. Health feature: Swimming at the Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh.

Picture by JANE BARLOW. 24th January 2013. Health feature: Swimming at the Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh.

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Angus residents are being encouraged to go great lengths for Marie Curie by taking part in the charity’s Swimathon fund-raiser.

Taking place across the weekend of April 17 to April 19, this year’s event is set to be the biggest yet.

Swimmers across the country are poised to take to one of the over 600 participating pools and raise vital funds for Marie Curie. Participating pools in Angus include Montrose, Arbroath, Forfar and Kirriemuir.

Marie Curie Community Fund-raiser, Helen Zollinger, said: “We’re looking for swimmers who are up to the challenge to help make this the biggest and best Swimathon yet! In 2013, over 300 swimmers took part across Central Scotland, Tayside and Angus and together raised a brilliant £27,626 for Marie Curie – a really fantastic achievement that we hope to smash this year. To find your nearest pool visit swimathon.org.”

Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k individual or Team 5k or 1.5k swims and raise funds for Marie Curie.

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew and TV presenter and interior designer Linda Barker are heading up this year’s campaign, and are calling on people of all ages to set themselves the challenge and take to the water.

Duncan Goodhew, MBE, said: “Swimathon provides a fantastic opportunity to bring together swimmers of all abilities and demonstrates year on year that anyone can achieve their goal regardless of their ability, while raising funds for a good cause. In 2015, thousands of swimmers will be inspired to challenge themselves and raise vital funds for Marie curie while smashing their targets.”

Linda Barker added: “I’m so excited to be part of this year’s campaign alongside Duncan. Marie Curie does amazing work for people with a terminal illness and their families. The nurses really do an outstanding job; and raising money to support the work they do whilst getting fit by swimming, particularly after all the Christmas festivities, is a great way to start the New Year.”

Marie Curie provides care and support to over 40,000 people living with terminal illnesses out in the community or in one of its nine hospices. Funds raised by Swimathon 2015 for Marie Curie will help people and their families living with a terminal illness make the most of the time they have together.

Swimathon entries are open until 15 April, 2015. Register at Swimathon.org or call 0845 36 700 36.