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Take the plunge for charity swimathon

CHARITY PLEA ... the swimathon will take place at Harton Technology College. From left, Deborah Roberts, Gavin Wells and Ashley Pickup, the sports centre manager.

CHARITY PLEA ... the swimathon will take place at Harton Technology College. From left, Deborah Roberts, Gavin Wells and Ashley Pickup, the sports centre manager.

TIME is running out for swimmers who want to make a splash for a South Tyneside charity.

Cancer Connections’ Pool Ya Pennies Swimathon will take place on Friday at Harton Technology College’s pool in South Shields.

The event will see people of all ages and abilities taking part to collectively swim 3,000 lengths – five lengths, or 100 metres, for every person in the borough who is diagnosed with cancer each year.

While Gavin Wells, 35, from South Shields, will do 1,000 lengths – 12.5 miles – participants can do as many or as few as they like.

Cancer Connections’s base is in Harton Lane, South Shields, and one of the charity’s co-founders, Deborah Roberts, said: “We have a great group of people taking part, from one-year-olds doing two lengths, with help of their mums, to eight-year-olds and teen swimmers planning on doing a mile.

“We’ve even got people who haven’t been in the pool for years but are willing to get their costume on for a great cause.”

Paralympic gold medal swimmer, and charity patron, Josef Craig, 16, will get involved.

The St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive School pupil will do 20 lengths – 400m, the distance at which he won his gold medal last year.

There’s still chance to take part.

Deborah added: “What’s wonderful is people can get involved without any real training, as you can do as many lengths as you like.

“So if anyone wants to do one, 100 or, like Gavin, 1,000 lengths, we’d love to see them come along.“

Anyone interested in taking part can call 456 5081, e-mail info@cancerconnection.org.uk or poolyapennies@yahoo.co.uk or visit the Facebook page Pool Ya Pennies.

Anyone who would like to sponsor the swimmers can visit www.justgiving.com/Pool-Ya-Pennies

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