Swimmers take the plunge for a good cause

Geraldine Cookson, 70, with her grandson Ben Cookson, 8
Geraldine Cookson, 70, with her grandson Ben Cookson, 8
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Over 50 swimmers took the plunge to raise money for charity at Fulwood Leisure Centre’s Marie Curie Swimathon.

People of all ages donned their swimming gear to take part in the nation wide event that is held in various locations across the country.

The UK’s biggest swimming fundraiser features challenges of 1.5 Km, 2.5 Km or 5 Km 
and also team challenges to participate in. Aquatics ­development manager, Eliza Rice, said: “The day went really well.

“In the morning we had around 40 swimmers taking part, as well as around 15 or so in the afternoon.

“It was great fun and it was lovely to see some of the children getting involved in the team events and doing their bit.”

Eliza added: “We had a couple of teams who completed the 5k challenge of 200 lengths and another team who did the 1.5k challenge of 60 lengths. Each team member could decide how many lengths they wanted to do.”

The final amount raised on the day is yet to be determined.