Swim funds record bid

Lining up for the start of the 2015 Lions Swimarathon at St Annes YMCA Pool
Lining up for the start of the 2015 Lions Swimarathon at St Annes YMCA Pool

Charity officials have got off to a great start in their bid to stage the Fylde’s most successful swimarathon.

Lytham St Annes Lions have set a target of raising a record £15,000 from the swim event to be held at St Annes YMCA Pool on January 31.

The cash would go towards funding health advice for primary school pupils as well as heart screening for more young people after 200 were checked last year by the Cry (Cardiac Risk In The Young) organisation.

The annual swimarathon has raised around £100,000 for various charities over the last three decades.

That includes some £30,000 over the last three, which has seen the focus put on aiding cardiac health, including funding defibrillators for local schools

A total of 54 teams of eight people took part in the Swimarathon earlier this year and Lions officials hope at least that many will be involved this time.

“Team entries are up to expectations at this stage,” said Lions spokesman Colin Holt.

“The majority of entries come immediately after the New Year and it’s the more the merrier. We were delighted with the numbers last year but anyone who wants to get involved this time around would be very welcome.”

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Joe Woods on (01772) 679766

Lions members will be carrying out their Christmas parcel collection around the South Park estate on Sunday. Last year, the Lions donated 140 food parcels to local charities.