Suffolk swimmers urged to take the plunge at world’s largest fundraising swim

Swimmers are being invited to sign up for this year's Swimathon.
Photo: WENDY TURNER

Swimmers are being invited to sign up for this year's Swimathon. Photo: WENDY TURNER

Swimmers in Ipswich are being urged to join in the fun and make a splash as part of the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim next month.

The fundraising Swimathon will raise money for Marie Curie

The fundraising Swimathon will raise money for Marie Curie

Swimathon 2017 will take place at 600 pools across the UK from April 7, including Crown Pools in Ipswich, to raise money for Marie Curie.

Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k individual distances or a team 5k or 1.5 distance as part of the event, now in its 30th year.

Sporting Soprano Laura Wright, from Framlingham, is an ambassador for this year’s event.

She said: “One of the reasons I wanted to support Swimathon and Marie Curie is to show the impact taking part can have, not only on your health, but also in helping raise money and awareness for Marie Curie to care for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

“With this being the 30th Swimathon it would be fantastic to make this the biggest year yet, so get your friends and family involved and sign up for a challenge today.”

Marie Curie community fundraiser, Angela Bussey, is encouraging people in Ipswich to head down to their local pool.

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She said: “So far thousands of swimmers have signed up to take part in what I’m sure will be a brilliant event.

“It’s not too late to sign up for this year’s Swimathon, raise vital funds for Marie Curie and take on the challenge to make this year the best Swimathon yet.”

For more information and to sign up for the swim see here.