Join Westminster Swimmers in Cancer Care Challenge
By londononline | Monday, March 11, 2013, 21:42
The world's biggest fund-raising swim event is taking place at four of Westminster City Council's pools in April. Marshall Street Leisure Centre, The Porchester Centre, Seymour Leisure Centre and Queen Mother Sports Centre are all be hosting Swimathon events between the 26th and 28th April. Swimmers will raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
In 2012 76 fund-raisers in Westminster pools raised nearly £12,000 for the charity. Marie Curie nurses care for people with terminal illness to be treated in their own homes.
Nearly 100 people have signed up for the 2013 challenge so far and with entries open until 24th April. Help raise more money than last year!
The different distance categories range from 60 lengths in a 25m pool (1,500m) up to 200 lengths (5,000m). Participants can enter as individuals or teams of up to five people.
Better, Westminster City Council's leisure operator, will be hosting the Sportathon at 50 pools across London and the UK.
Cllr Steve Summers, Westminster City Council cabinet member for the community, said:
"This is a great opportunity to raise funds for an excellent cause while improving your health and fitness at the same time.
"Two hundred lengths may sound daunting to some, but the money really helps those most in need.
"Swimming is a priority sport for the council. As part of the Council's Olympic legacy programme, Westminster is one of the few local authorities to offer free swimming to residents on low incomes, people aged under 19 or 60, and to people who are registered as disabled."
For more information and how to enter go to www.swimathon.org