Hartham Leisure Centre, Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre, Ward Freman Swimming Pool, Leventhorpe Pool & Gym and Fanshawe Pool & Gym are taking part in the World’s Biggest Charity Swim to raise money for Marie Curie. The Swimathon will take place over the weekend of the 7th to 9th April at each of the centres, which are operated by Everyone Active on behalf of East Herts Council.
Everyone Active is encouraging people to get involved in the event by signing up on their website. Over the last 29 years, more than half a million people across the UK have taken part in the world’s biggest charity swim event, which has raised over £46m for good causes.
This is the 30th year that the event has been held, and with the option to swim 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k, as an individual or as part of a team, it is a great opportunity for swimmers of all ages and abilities to get involved.
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with terminal illnesses. Its nurses and hospices deliver round-the-clock care, vital emotional support, and expert guidance allowing people living with a terminal illness and their families to make the most of the time they have together.
“It’s always fantastic to see how many people take part in the annual national Swimathon,” said Everyone Active Contract Manager, Dan Humphries. “Swimming is a great form of exercise, which is low impact on your joints and offers a range of health benefits. The Swimathon is a challenge for every level of swimmer, and not only is it a great way to support Marie Curie, but it may even inspire you to take up swimming more regularly.”
Eric Buckmaster, executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “It’s excellent to see that our leisure centres are taking part in this great national Swimathon. As well as an excellent way to raise money, I hope it will encourage people to try out their local pool and maybe take up swimming more regularly, or even just occasionally. It’s a great way to boost your health.”
For more information and to sign up, visit https://www.everyoneactive.com/event/swimathon-2017/