Taking the plunge to support charity

Swimmers are to take the plunge to raise funds for Alzheimer's Society.
Swimmers are to take the plunge to raise funds for Alzheimer's Society.

Swimmers are being invited to take the plunge for charity.

Hadrian Leisure Centre will again host the One Mile Swimming Challenge for individuals and teams of swimmers over the age of 10, with the aim of raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Participants are asked to raise as much money for the charity as they can before the day of the challenge, when they will aim to complete one mile in the pool – the equivalent of 64 lengths.

In its first year, 48 swimmers helped to raise thousands of pounds for Learning Disability North East by collectively swimming almost 2,500 lengths, or 39 miles.

This year’s event takes place from 3pm to 6pm, on Saturday, May 20, at the leisure centre on St Peter’s Road, Wallsend, and is organised by North Tyneside Council.

Brandy Riches, assistant manager of Hadrian Leisure Centre, said: “This is a fun and challenging event which people can choose to tackle as an individual or as part of a team.

“Anybody over the age of 10 is welcome to register, and I am confident that we can do even better than last year’s event when everybody put in a great effort and helped to raise thousands of pounds for a local charity.

“It should be a fun and exhilarating afternoon.”

Every swimmer receives a free T-shirt and there will be awards on the day for achievements including as the fastest mile, most lengths in an hour and the fastest mile as a team.

For more information or to express an interest in registering, call (0191) 643 2025 or email hadrianleisure@northtyneside.gov.uk