School gets into big swim

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MEMBERS of staff from a Morpeth school will dive into the world’s biggest fund-raising swim at the Riverside Leisure Centre later this month.

Swimathon Weekend 2012 hits 645 pools across the UK between April 27 and 29. In its 25th year, the event has joined forces with British Swimming and the BBC’s Big Splash in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sport Relief to promote what is hoped will be the biggest one ever.

The Swimathon Weekend will give thousands of swimmers the opportunity to raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care through Swimathon’s established Distance Challenges and for Sport Relief with the new ‘Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief’.

Taking part from King Edward VI School are Ron Hodgson, Nick Watt, Lewis Jackson, Anne Calder and Gill Gordon. They are aiming to swim a total of 5km (200 lengths) between them from 10.30am on Saturday, April 28.

Those interested in doing their own challenge can choose from the 5km, 2.5km or Team 5km sections and those opting to raise money for the ‘Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief’ can take part individually or with others to complete a mile. There are custom challenge options available in some locations.

Swimathon President Duncan Goodhew said: “We all know that 2012 will be a very special year for sport in Britain. In our 25th anniversary year, we’d love to add to the half a million people who have taken part in the event over the years to dive into pools up and down the country.

“Teaming up with the Big Splash is not only a great way to help make this happen, but should also boost the total funds raised for two important charities.”

Funds raised by groups taking on the Swimathon Distance Challenges for Marie Curie Cancer Care will provide free nursing care and support for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses.

For more information about the event, visit www.swimathon.org