Swimmers splash out for charity

SWIMMERS made a splash for charity by taking part in a national fundraising event.

Peterlee Leisure Centre signed up for this year’s Marie Curie Swimathon and raised £215 for the cause.

The leisure centre, in St Cuthbert’s Way, was one of 580 pools which took part nationwide in the Swimathon this year.

Organiser Malcolm Grinstead, contract manager at Peterlee Leisure Centre, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to help Marie Curie Cancer Care again this year. Peterlee Leisure Centre managed to raise £215. The Marie Curie Swimathon was such an important event for the local community and it was touching to see how many swimmers arrived, if not to swim, but to show their support for such a worthy cause.”

Swimmers can start preapring for next year’s Swimathon challenge, and can complete up to 5km as an individual or as a team with friends and family.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK’s largest charities. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it expects to provide care to around 29,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

For more information about the Swimathon, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk