Chairman's Charity Swim Challenge splashes into action
Craven District Council chairman, Councillor Chris Moorby, took the plunge to launch the annual charity Swim Challenge at Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre and Settle Pool.
This year Councillor Moorby is raising money for the Marie Curie charity, which provides care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families.
The swim challenge will take place from January to March 2016, with various distances to inspire all swimmers.
Entrants can choose from bronze, silver, gold or platinum awards, with all distances to be completed by March 31, 2016.
Councillor Moorby said: "I have chosen this charity for the good work they do in regard to care for the terminally ill.
"Their staff give respite and comfort to both the patient, families and close ones. I have seen the suffering people go through first-hand, firstly with my mother when she was suffering from cancer. I was nine at the time and the pain she went through was very upsetting, firstly for my mother and then for my father and myself. It was heart wrenching to see her suffer.
"In those days the patients remained in hospital until their demise, now we have the Marie Curie nurses to help, and due to this people can spend their last days at home surrounded by their families. My mother died in a hospital, miles away from her home and alone, it must have been awful for her.
"Of course the answer would be to stop or cure these terminal diseases but until that time thank heavens for these nurses, my heart goes out to you all. Thank you. I am asking people to give to my chosen charity so these people can carry on with their most important and heartfelt work."
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 Sponsored Swim entry form [111kb] and a sponsorship form can be downloaded here Sponsored swim sponsor form [130kb].