Cold water swimming fans have a last gasp opportunity to guarantee themselves a place in next month’s Great North Swim and make a splash for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity’s Children’s Appeal at the same time!
Appeal fundraiser and Penwortham mum-of-two Lucy Clark is heading up a swim team and has three final places up for grabs for anyone willing and able to swim a mile in Lake Windermere on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, 10th to 12th June.
Lucy said: “My sport is running but we were able to secure charity places in the Great North Swim’s one mile event for our Children’s Appeal. I am going to swim and have been training at my local pool while my son has been having his weekly swimming lesson.
“I can now swim a mile in the pool in about 38 minutes but outside conditions are likely to add a good few minutes more to this time. If anyone would like to join me and the rest of the swim team, please telephone me. There is a registration fee of £44 for all mile swimmers but for those swimming for charity, it is reduced to £30, which is quite a saving. We are though asking our swim team members to raise funds through sponsorship for our Children’s Appeal.”
Already signed up as part of the team is Sarah Knowles, of Marple, Lucy’s best friend of more than 25 years. They are swimming on the Saturday afternoon and providing they complete their swim, are set to collect more than £600 for the appeal, raised through their joint online Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SarahK-LucyC
Also swimming is Children’s Appeal patron Barry Leahey MBE, of Samlesbury. He too has a Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Barry-Leahey and has to date raised more than £1,500.
Lucy added: “I am going to be in Windermere all swim weekend. Swimmers can be part of the Children’s Appeal team without actually swimming alongside any of us. When you receive one of our places, you are free to choose your swim date and time. I will though come along and cheer you on!”
To request a place, call Lucy on 01772 528502. All swimmers will receive a Great North Swim t-shirt and medal at the end of their swim.
Through its Children’s Appeal, the hospital charity team is working on raising £1 million for a shopping list of items to improve patient and family experience across children’s services at the Royal Preston Hospital, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, Leyland’s Broadoaks Child Development Centre, where it wants to build a new outdoor play park assessment area, and other centres.