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UYSWC raises over £1500 in charity swim for Marie Curie

Image credit: Beth Richards / University of York Swimming and Water Polo Club
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Image credit: the University of York Swimming and Water Polo Club

The University of York Swimming and Water Polo Club (UYSWC) has raised over £1500 in a charity swim for Marie Curie.

The charity swim ‘UYSWC swims to Lancaster‘ lasted from six o’clock in the morning to six o’clock in the evening. Some swimmers came in between lectures; nine participants had been in the pool from the beginning of the event to the end. Regardless of ability or participation in competitions for the club, over thirty members of UYSWC and some graduate ex-members swam the distance of York to Lancaster, approximately 184.4 kilometres by car, and back again in aid of the cancer support charity.

Image credit: Beth Richards / University of York Swimming and Water Polo Club
Image credit: Beth Richards / University of York Swimming and Water Polo Club

Coming up to 1:00pm, the swimmers had reached the halfway point between York and Lancaster, reaching Preston on the map. Half an hour later, the team had reached Lancaster and were determined to see how much further they could go. Ending the swim at 6:00pm, the swimmers had reached a total distance of 302km. Rob Mason swam the greatest individual distance, reaching approximately 25km, equivalent to 1000 lengths of the pool and 15.5 miles!

By 4:30pm the participants, both from the Swimming and Water Polo branches of the club, had raised £1016, plus £172 in Gift Aid. Donations have been made on Just Giving. As of 7:15pm, the total listed on the webpage has risen to over £1500.

UYSWC’s swimmers continued to swim for their cause throughout the day as members of the public and children’s swimming lessons made the pool a very busy place. At some points, more than seven UYSWC swimmers were in a single lane, all powering ahead to reach Lancaster.

The choice of charity means a lot to the club. Two members of UYSWC’s Ladies’ team, a graduate and a First Year student, have been directly affected by cancer. Neither member could participate in the swim, but UYSWC is hopeful that they will win their battles against cancer.

Beth Richards, President of UYSWC, said:

I’m really proud of everyone in the club for coming together as a team and contributing all they can for this great cause. No matter how much time people have had to come throughout the day, or how capable they are of swimming, everyone has given their all. UYSWC would like to thank everyone for their kind donations.

The club also extends its thanks to Keith Morris and the York Sport Village, who granted UYSWC their own lane, free of charge, for the full twelve-hour duration of the charity swim. In addition, Morris advertised the swim around the Sport Village and ensured that ten pence of every hot drink sold in the Sport Village café on the day of the swim went towards the club’s total.

Further information about the Marie Curie charity can be found at their website, here. You can donate to the University of York Swimming and Water Polo Club’s page hereThe Yorker extends its best wishes to UYSWC’s members affected by cancer.