Swimmers are taking the plunge for Marie Curie

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With four weeks left until Swimathon 2015, cancer charity Marie Curie is encouraging people in Sleaford to register for the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim.

Swimmers can participate in the individual 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k challenges or the team 5k or 1.5k challenges.

Swimathon 2015 events will be taking place at more than 600 pools across the UK, including Sleaford Leisure Centre, from April 17-19, and this year, swimmers are raising money for Marie Curie.

Olympic medallist and TV presenter Duncan Goodhew is encouraging people across the UK to get involved giving training advice and words of support to those who have already entered.

Duncan said: “Swimathon is open to all ages and abilities and provides a great form of exercise. Even if you’re not swimming this year, you can still support someone from your community.”

Already 200 people in Lincolnshire have registered to take on the challenge, and Marie Curie is encouraging more people across the region to don their swimming caps, goggles and slip into their swimming costume and take to the pool.

Jo Berry, community fundraiser at Marie Curei, said: “It’s great to see so many people getting involved in Lincolnshire for this year’s Swimathon and it’s not too late for more to take on the challenge. It’s a great way to get fit for the summer and every length you swim will help raise vital funds for Marie Curie to care for people with a terminal illness and their families in our community.”

Marie Curie helps people and their families living with any terminal illness make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert care, emotional support, research and guidance.

Swimathon entries are open until April 15 and you can still register by visiting Swimathon.org or calling 0845 36 700 36.