Scouts take the plunge

KIND-HEARTED teenagers from the Alnwick area are preparing to dive into the world’s biggest fund-raising swim, being held at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre in April.

Swimathon 2011 is set to hit a record 580 pools across the UK between April 8 and 10, when 22,000 swimmers will raise more than £2million for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation.

Among them will be Mid Northumberland Explorer Scouts, who already have two teams in place and plans to enter a third if there is enough interest, hoping to raise in excess of £1,000 for the charity.

Each team will complete a swim of 5km in under three hours and is made up of experienced swimmers and younger, less-experienced swimmers aged from 13-and-a-half to 18.

Bethan Wyld, who is 14 and captain of one of the scout teams, said she feels very proud to be raising awareness of Marie Curie and her own Explorer Scout Unit.

“Everybody has been or knows somebody affected by cancer in some way and it is a privilege to be able to help,” she said.

Individual and team entries to Swimathon 2011 are open until April 6. To enter, or to sponsor a swimmer, visit or call 0845 3670036.