Swimmers to help good causes in 40th anniversary challenge

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Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club is marking its 40th anniversary year by encouraging members to take part in a fundraising challenge.

On Friday, June 28, between 6pm-9pm, they will be part of the team that undertakes the challenge of swimming the distance equivalent to across the channel and back again, to raise funds for both the club and UNICEF.

Each year in Bangladesh, up to 17,000 children die from drowning, equating to around one every 30 minutes. Many of these deaths occur during the monsoon season.

UNICEF teaches children swimming and lifesaving skills, greatly increasing their chances of survival, and funds raised will go towards that project, as well helping the club to teach local children swimming skills.

Members are going to swim 44 miles between them, equal to 2,832 lengths of their pool. Members are invited to swim at Heanor’s William Gregg VC Leisure Centre and they can go as far or as little as they want.

Suzanne Selway, one of the swimming coaches, said: ”It’s something that we wanted to do to mark the 40th anniversary of the club. It’s an opportunity to do something a little different that will benefit not just the club but also the project in Bangladesh. Members are being sponsored and some coaches are involved too.

“There are about 120 members at the club, aged 5-21, and we hope as many as possible will be involved.

“The ighest pledge we’ve had so far is 300 lengths, which would be great to achieve. The really young members might be doing a single length but we will still add that to the tally and all contributions are welcome.”

If you would like to sponsor members, or find out more, go to www.heanorswimmingclub.org