Swimmers sought for annual charity event

Competitors in the swimathon charity event organised by Melton Lions in 2014 EMN-150213-160430001
Competitors in the swimathon charity event organised by Melton Lions in 2014 EMN-150213-160430001

Teams of swimmers are being sought for an annual charity challenge which has raised more than £80,000 for Melton causes over the last 14 years.

The Melton Lions Swimarathon will be held at Waterfield Leisure Centre on Saturday, April 18, with children and adults, both able bodied and disabled, set to take part once again in hour-long slots.

Charities and other causes which will benefit from the event - now in its 15th year - are Hope Against Cancer, the Heart charity at Glenfield Hospital, Melton Scouts’ campsite building scheme, Melton Mayor John Wyatt’s appeal for Dove Cottage Hospice and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and various local projects supported by the Lions.

Sabrina Tate, events organiser for Melton Lions, said she was hoping for another big entry of teams.

She said: “We’re looking for people whether they are work colleagues, friends or just a family group who enjoy having fun.

“Teams are usually made up of six people who are prepared to swim as many lengths of the pool as they can manage in 55 minutes, taking it in turns to swim.

“Skill isn’t vital but enthusiasm is important and age is not an issue as long as you can swim a length.

“We ask teams to think up an amusing name for their team because there is a prize for the funniest name and to get sponsorship pledges for their swims.”

To get an entry form for this year’s Swimarathon email Mrs Tate at tatesabrina206@yahoo.co.uk or call her on 07860 102223.