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Leisure centre swim teachers tribute swimathon in memory of colleague

Swim teachers at Everyone Active’s Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre are to take part in this year’s annual Swimathon on Saturday 18th April 2015, in memory of their friend and work colleague, Sue Manning.

A team of 10 swim teachers at the centre will take part in the World’s Biggest Swim, which will help raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sue Manning, who sadly passed away in January 2015 from cancer, was a swim teacher at the centre and was popular with its members.

The team will swim 40 lengths each for the challenge in honour of her memory and to help raise funds for the worthy cause. Many of the centre’s members are also set to take part in the event, which was established in 1986.

Individuals can choose from a range of distances to suit all levels, including 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k. There are also team challenge distances of 1.5k and 5k. Teams will split the distance however they choose, to cater for all abilities in the squad. On the day, the Everyone Active team will be out in force to encourage and support swimmers.

Swimming is already accredited to be one of the best total body exercises for health and fitness. Not only does regular swimming challenge the heart and lungs, it also helps with muscular strength and endurance.

Anselm Gurney, Everyone Active’s contract manager for Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, commented: “Sue was a key member of our team here at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre and she is dearly missed by us all. The team were keen to do something in honour of her memory and the Swimathon seemed like an ideal opportunity which is very close to our hearts.

“We’re all very excited for the event on the 18th and hope to raise lots of funds for this year’s charity partner, Marie Curie Cancer Care. We encourage everyone to come along on the day to show their support for the teams taking part.”

Donations can be made at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre’s reception. For further information on Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, visit www.everyoneactive.com. For further information on the Swimathon, visit www.swimathon.org.