SWIMMERS in Ellesmere Port are being called upon to help raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Held at more than 600 pools across the UK from April 26-28, thousands of swimmers challenge themselves to complete 5km, 2.5km and 1.5km individual challenges or Team 5km/1.5km challenges while raising funds to help Marie Curie Nurses care for terminally ill people at the end of their lives.

Marie Curie Cancer Care supporter Peter Wilkinson, from Great Sutton, said: “I decided to take part in the Swimathon because I’ve always enjoyed swimming, but I don’t do it that much anymore.

“I think swimming is a really enjoyable way of keeping fit and I wanted to get involved because I feel it is always worth trying to do something for a good cause.

“I swam the individual 5km challenge and found it hard but definitely worth doing, it was a great day!”

Isabelle Abbey-Vital, community fundraiser in Cheshire, said: “Every year people across Cheshire and North Staffs take on a Swimathon challenge and have a great time raising funds along the way.

“You can even choose to take part individually or as part of a team.

“This year we hope even more people will take the plunge and raise funds to help Marie Curie Nurses provide more free nursing care to terminally ill people in their own homes.”

Marie Curie Cancer Care gives people with all terminal illnesses the choice to die at home.

Funds raised by taking on Swimathon 2013 will help Marie Curie nurses provide them and their families with free hands-on care and emotional support, in their own homes, right until the end.

Swimmer entry is open at www.swimathon.org until April 24.