Swim challenge for Marie Curie

Swimathon at Catmose College in Oakham, April 2015. Part of the Catmose Team, Sarah Cattingan and Kelly Hicks with thier Sons who came to cheer them on. EMN-150428-151908001

Swimathon at Catmose College in Oakham, April 2015. Part of the Catmose Team, Sarah Cattingan and Kelly Hicks with thier Sons who came to cheer them on. EMN-150428-151908001

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Catmose Sports Swimathon

More than 23,000 swimmers of all ages and abilities completed their Swimathon challenge in 616 pools across the UK, helping to raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Sarah Charlton, swimming co-ordinator and duty manager, has organised the Rutland swimathon for the past eight years at Catmose Sports Centre.

She said: “This year’s event was more exciting than ever, with supporters cheering on from the side-lines. Congratulations to all the swimmers who trained so hard to complete their challenge. They should be very proud of their achievements. It has been a very successful weekend.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to all who took part in the Swimathon raising money for a very worthy cause. So far our the Rutland swimmers have raise £1140 for Marie Curie.”

Lisa Prior from Oakham and a member of the local Rutland Marie Curie Fundraising Group, completed the 1.5k individual challenge in 57 minutes and is on course to raise over £200 in sponsorship for the charity.

Lisa said: “I decided to take part in this year’s Swimathon as it is a fantastic way to challenge yourself, and an opportunity to raise money for a great cause.  The Marie Curie Rutland Fundraising Group only started last summer so it is also a way for us to raise awareness of our work in the local community.” 

Chairperson of the Rutland Fundraising Group, Alison Tully added:  “We are really proud of Lisa and her commitment to fundraising for Marie Curie.  All the money raised locally is used to provide end of life care to patients in the area, so every penny really does make a difference.” 

To find out more about how you can support the Marie Curie Rutland Fundraising Group, please contact Alison Tully on 07747 620780.

Marie Curie Cancer Care gives people with all terminal illnesses the choice to die at home.

Funds raised by taking on the Swimathon Distance Challenges will help Marie Curie nurses provide them and their families with free hands-on care and emotional support, in their own homes, right until the end.