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Chairman's Charity Swim Challenge splashes into action

The annual charity Swim Challenge at Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre and Settle Pool has been launched.

Robert Mason

Craven District Council chairman, Councillor Robert Mason, is this year raising money for the British Heart Foundation and Manorlands Hospice.

The swim challenge will take place from January to March 2016, with various distances to challenge all swimmers.

Entrants can choose from bronze, silver, gold or platinum awards, with all distances to be completed by March 31, 2016.

Councillor Mason said: "Every penny raised will go to my chosen Good Causes. The British Heart Foundation carries out pioneering heart research and vital prevention work along with support for those living with heart disease.

"The Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice provides incredible palliative care and complementary therapy services to support people with life-limiting conditions.

"I hope the people of Craven will support this challenge. I would appeal to the vast number of early morning, lunchtime and evening swimmers to help us raise funds for these very worthwhile causes."

Chris Thompson, 79, will be taking part in the challenge for the ninth time this year. He said: "I've been swimming since I was around 10 years old - one begins to slow down over the years but swimming has been something I've done throughout my lifetime.

"The Chairman's charity has supported a series of varied and diverse causes and charities in my experience over the past nine years. It's been a privilege to participate and to contribute in a small way.

"It provides those involved with a focus and a purpose and that benefits those who are involved in the swim - as well as being an aid to fitness."

Sponsorship monies can be paid directly to the Chairman's Charity Account by calling Customer Services on 01756 700600 - either by the swimmer or individual sponsors.

Forms can also be obtained from Craven Swimming Pool. A registration form can be downloaded here word icon Charity Swim Registration Form [181kb] and a sponsorship form can be downloaded here word icon Charity swim sponsorship form [200kb]