Earlier this year, over 26,000 swimmers across the UK took to their local pool to raise funds for charity during Swimathon Weekend 2012 – the world’s largest fundraising swim.
Contributing to this total, were swimmers from North & East Yorkshire and South Teesside whose efforts helped raise a fantastic £27,430 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, contributing to a total of over £1.3 million. The funds raised for Marie Curie will help people with terminal cancer and other illnesses get the nursing care and support they need at the end of their life.
The event saw over 645 pools taking part nationwide and swimmers of all ages and abilities, crawl, breaststroke and butterfly their way through individual and team challenges of up to 5k.
Matthew Cassell, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care said: “We are delighted that so many people in the region took part this year and thrilled with how much money has been raised for Marie Curie Nurses who provide free nursing care to terminally ill people in their own homes. We are so thankful to everyone who took on a challenge and raised these valuable funds. “
Duncan Goodhew MBE, Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon President, said: “Each year, dedicated swimmers of all ages and abilities put in hours of training to raise money for a cause close to their hearts and this year’s event is no exception. The funds raised are a testament to the commitment and perseverance of each and every swimmer and I am absolutely delighted that the Swimathon Weekend 2012 has raised such an incredible amount so far with funds still coming in!”
Marie Curie Cancer Care expects to care for over 31,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year.
To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service speak to your GP or District Nurse.