Celebrities launch Swimathon in the North East

PUBLISHED: 00:16 24 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:56 20 February 2013

Celebrities launch Swimathon in the North East

Celebrities launch Swimathon in the North East

TV presenter Gail Porter and Olympic gold medalist Duncan Goodhew held their breath in an underwater photo shoot to launch Swimathon 2011.

TV presenter Gail Porter and Olympic gold medalist Duncan Goodhew held their breath in an underwater photo shoot to launch Swimathon 2011. The pair encouraged people to sign up for the challenge which will raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Swimathon Foundation.


Swimathon is set to take part in a record 580 pools across the UK between April 8 and 10, when 22,000 swimmers of all ages and abilities will raise more than 2million for charity.


Anna Kirk, regional Marie Curie Community Fundraiser said: Every year people across the North East take on the Swimathon challenge and have a great time raising funds and getting fit along the way. You can choose to take part individually or as part of a team. This year we hope even more people will sign up to take the plunge.


The majority of funds raised by Swimathon 2011 will help support Marie Curie Nurses, who provide free nursing care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses, in the place of their choice. The charity expects to care for over 29,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year.


People can choose from 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k challenges and entries to Swimathon 2011 are open until April 7. Call 0845 36 700 36 for more information and entry details.

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