Make a big splash for new charity challenge

Marie Curie fundraiser Nikki Ayrton with mascot George
Marie Curie fundraiser Nikki Ayrton with mascot George

MARIE Curie Cancer Care is urging kind-hearted Leythers to take the plunge to raise money.

The charity is encouraging people to dive headfirst into its latest fundraising challenge with the Swimathon 2012 on April 27-29.

Thousands of swimmers across the UK will be pushing themselves to complete the Swimathon distances of two and a half or five kilometres, or take on the family team 5km challenge.

Leigh Indoor Sports Centre and Howe Bridge Sports Centre will both be taking part in the charity challenge, together with pools from across the borough.

For the first time this year the event is also joining forces with the BBC’s and British Swimming’s Big Splash and Sport Relief.

Marie Curie’s team of nurses provide round-the-clock care for sufferers of cancer and other terminal illnesses in their own homes or at specialist hospices, and their fundraising is also backed by the Leigh Reporter’s Safe Hands Appeal.

Since Marie Curie became the official charity partner of the Swimathon in 2007, people have raised more than £6 million through taking part in the event.

Volunteer fundraiser Nikki Ayrton said: “We are looking for local people to get involved in the Swimathon Weekend this year and make a big splash for charity by getting a place at their local pool.

“Swimming is a great way for people to get fit this spring and raise money for a good cause.”

For more information contact Siobhan Heffernan on 0161 255 2809 or email