Swimmers pool their efforts to raise money for charity

Annual Swimathon challenge in aid of Marie Curie makes a splash across the borough

Friday, 14th April 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

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Alessandro Lera D’Achille who raised more than £1,100 for charity in the Swimathon

PEOPLE made a splash in pools across the borough in the name of charity.

It was all part of the annual Swimathon, in aid of Marie Curie. At the weekend swimmers of all ages joined in at the Marshall Street Leisure Centre, Porchester Centre, Queen Mother Sports Centre, Jubilee Sports Centre and Seymour Leisure Centre taking on 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k challenges.

Since the Swimathon was launched over 30 years ago, more than 500,000 people have taken part and over £46million has been raised for good causes.

Among those taking part was Alessandro Lera D’Achille, aged 13, who swam 2.5k at the Queen Mother centre in honour of his grandfather, who was supported by Marie Curie before he passed away in February. The challenge helped Alessandro focus on something positive during a difficult time and, to top it off, he raised more than £1,100 for charity.

The Swimathon in full swing at Seymour Leisure Centre in Marylebone

Everyone Active contract manager Andy Davison, said: “It was great to see so many people take to the water in Westminster.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere with lots of family and friends cheering the swimmers on, and I would like to congratulate all those who trained so hard to complete their challenge.”

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