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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Moonlight swim in aid of new cancer charity

Plucky fundraisers are being invited to take the plunge for a moonlight swim.

Sandra Jones photo
Sandra Jones

The event has been arranged by Odyssey Foundation Cumbria, the county’s newest cancer charity, to offer would-be supporters the chance to get involved.

The swimathon will begin at 10pm and run through until the early hours of the following morning. It is open to swimmers of all abilities, with participants able to swim as far – or as little – as they want.

People can do it in teams or as an individual, in memory of a loved one or in support of someone still fighting.

The charity event takes place on Saturday June 14 at Morton Pools, in Carlisle, with all money raised going to Odyssey Foundation Cumbria.

Founder Sandra Jones, herself a cancer survivor, has set a personal target of completing four miles in the pool – equivalent to 320 lengths.

She said: “Anyone can get involved, even if you don’t exercise regularly and it could be a great way to encourage you to start swimming.

“Individuals or local businesses can get involved to support our case and at the same time you can gain a real sense of achievement.”

The swim is being supported by Carlisle Leisure staff.

Jane Brown, manager of Morton Pools, said: “We got the idea from the Midnight Walk that is done locally, but put our own ideas and thoughts into it.

“This will give our community a chance to take part in a local charity event. Sandra has always enjoyed swimming and understands the benefits you gain by participating in this activity.

“Hopefully this will become an annual event for everyone to look forward to.”

The swimathon has been backed by Odyssey Foundation’s patron, comedian Patrick Monahan.

“Swimming is such great fun and is even better when you’re doing it with good mates and for a great cause,” he said.

“No-one swims better than Sandra Jones doing a four-mile swim, she’s like a dolphin in and out of water, constantly smiling and singing to passing fisherman and swimmers.

“Good luck to everyone taking part.”

To take part in the swim, call Sandra on 07599 203679 or contact Jane at Morton Pools by calling 01228 401591.

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