Jump in the pool to have fun and raise money

Gail Porter and Duncan Goodhew are calling on swimmers to take part in the Swimathon in April
Gail Porter and Duncan Goodhew are calling on swimmers to take part in the Swimathon in April
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Rediscover your love of swimming and raise money for a good cause.

That’s the plea from Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew as he teams up with TV presenter Gail Porter to launch this year’s Swimathon.

The world’s biggest fundraising swimming event takes place between April 8 and 10. More than 20,000 swimmers will raise more than £2m for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation.

Pools across our area will be taking part – including Fareham Leisure Centre, Holbrook Recreation Centre, in Gosport, and The Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.

Now in its 24th year, over half a million swimmers have taken part in Swimathon, raising more than £32m for charity.

Funds raised will help support Marie Curie nurses who provide free nursing care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in the place of their choice.

Swimmer entry is open until April 7.

Either go online to swimathon.org or call 0845 36 700 36.