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Swimathon  09/04/11  (RH)''A team from Gosport take part in a national swimathon at Holbrook Leisure Centre to raise money for the Marie Curie charity. (left to right), Robin Dight, Nathan Dight (14), Gary Kitchin, and Luke Parker.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111281-1)
Swimathon 09/04/11 (RH)''A team from Gosport take part in a national swimathon at Holbrook Leisure Centre to raise money for the Marie Curie charity. (left to right), Robin Dight, Nathan Dight (14), Gary Kitchin, and Luke Parker.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111281-1)
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SWIMMERS from across the Portsmouth area gave their all to help raise £2m for a cancer charity.

They swam 200 lengths at their local baths to raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Their efforts were part of the world’s largest swimathon, with an estimated 22,000 people taking part at 580 pools across the country over the weekend.

The lanes were busy at Holbrook Leisure Centre, in Forest Way, Gosport.

Kayleigh Golding, 21, the duty manager, said: ‘One of the lifeguards here, his dad died from cancer. It’s very personal to him. It’s something we do every year. It’s a nice cause. We like to support charities as much as we can.

‘Quite a lot of people have done either front crawl or breast stroke. I haven’t seen anyone doing 200 lengths of of butterfly – they would be really tired!’

Swimmers also took part in the charity fundraiser at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre and Fareham Leisure Centre.