Time is running out to register for the charity Swimarathon which takes place in the University Sport Centre swimming pool at the end of October.
The Plymouth Lions Club Swimathon will raise funds for the Plymouth Refuge, part of Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service (PDAS).
Plymouth Refuge manager Katy Bradshaw said: “We’re delighted the Lions and the University have chosen to support the refuge and the young children who arrive here under the most difficult of circumstances.
“These toy boxes will go a long way in helping young children who escape domestic abuse with a parent to settle in the refuge and we’re grateful to each and every person who chooses to take part on the day.”
Cassandra Pattern, Olympic Bronze medallist and double world Silver medallist, said: “I’m thrilled to support this event and encourage everyone to get involved in a swimming event which will not only be a lot of fun, but will improve people’s fitness and raise money for a fantastic project at the same time.”
Event organiser Jim Stevens of the Plymouth Lions Club, added: “You don’t need to be a professional swimmer to take part, but should be able to swim several lengths of the 25m pool, and you’ll have plenty of rest in between.
“The idea is to have fun with your team, which could be family and friends, schools, sports clubs, businesses, voluntary organisations, or youth clubs etc.
“There are awards for the teams that complete most lengths and raise the most sponsorship. Our target is to raise enough money for this vital scheme and provide a box of toys for each child that arrives at the refuge, which is about 150 per year.”
Swimmers will take part in the challenge on 30 October and 31 October in the Marjon Sport Centre swimming pool.
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