Ellon Swimming Pool Joins the world’s biggest Fundraising swim

Swimmers in Aberdeenshire will make a splash for charity on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 as they complete the Swimathon 2011 challenge at Ellon Swimming Pool helping to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation. Ellon Swimming Pool is one of over 580 pools taking part nationwide in Swimathon 2011.

The world’s biggest fundraising swim is the perfect way to start the New Year on a healthy note. Swimming is proven to be a great form of exercise whatever your ability, relaxing for mind and body, and helps to build endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. By registering for Swimathon before 31 January 2011, swimmers will have longer to train for their 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k challenge and they will also enjoy half price entry.

TV presenter and keen swimmer Gail Porter and Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew announced this week that Swimathon 2011 entries for were now open. Between 8-10 April 2011 22,000 swimmers will raise more than £2 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation. Funds will help support Marie Curie Nurses who provide free nursing care to people with terminal cancer and other terminal illnesses, in the place of their choice.

Connie Strachan of Ellon Swimming Pool said: “Swimathon is fantastic as it brings our community together as they raise money for charity, and provides them with a great challenge.”

Gail Porter said: “Launching Swimathon this year gives me huge pleasure. The challenge is ideal motivation for everyone to pull on their swimsuits, get in the pool and enjoy a much-needed New Year health boost. I find swimming a great way to keep fit, especially as it’s an activity I enjoy with my child. Going down to your local pool and getting them used to being in the water is just the start of the fun. Once my daughter was up and paddling, there was no stopping us!

“What’s more - the money raised will help Marie Curie Cancer Care to provide free nursing care to terminally ill people. I know what a difference this care can make as both my mum and my grandmother died from cancer and received care at home from a Marie Curie Nurse. Caring for a loved one at the end of their life is never going to be an easy time for families but it was made much more bearable for us by the skill and care of these amazing nurses.” Olympic gold medalist Duncan said: “As we approach a quarter of a century of Swimathons, I’m delighted to report that last year’s event enjoyed an astonishing 38 per cent rise in swimmers, and what’s really exciting is that around 2,500 of those who dived in told us that they only started swimming again because they entered the event. From these grass roots right up to our overflowing international trophy cabinet, it seems that Britain’s love affair with swimming really is back to stay.”

Individual and team entries to Swimathon 2011 are open until 6 April 2011. To enter go online to www.swimathon or call 0845 36 700 36.