Support for the Swimathon is gathering pace with many of last year’s entrants pledging to take the plunge again.

‘Swimsavers’, representing Accrington’s branch of Specsavers, is the latest team to set their sights on glory in the competition organised by Accrington Rotary Club, with the Observer’s support.

Leah Howorth, trainee dispensing optician and team leader, said staff were motivated to don the swimwear again in aid of their chosen charity, the Guide Dogs Association.

Leah hopes the Swimathon will push them closer to their fundraising target. She said: “Everyone said how much of a good time they had last year. This time around we are fundraising for Guide Dogs and have a £5,000 target.

“Throughout the year we have been raising money for the charity through quiz nights, casino nights, the Race for Life and children’s fun days. So far we have £3,600, so if we can get closer to the target by competing in the Swimathon that will be great.”

 

The store recently invited representatives of the Guide Dogs Association to celebrate its 21st anniversary in the town centre.

Sal Champan, business development manager at Guide Dogs, praised the work of the Specsavers team. She said: “Their funds will go towards funding the raising and training of a puppy for almost a year.”

Former teams and fresh faces are welcome to take part in this year’s event on Sunday, November 24 at Accrington Academy.

Teams consist of five members and each team swims for a total of 50 minutes.

Each team can donate its sponsorship proceeds to the Rotary club, the Observer’s nominated charity Finley’s Friends Appeal, or its own preferred charity. Admission is £20 per team.

To sign up contact Mark Schofield on 01254 232521 or email mark.schofield@haworths.co.uk.