Pinchbeck Carnival and Talent Show organiser Sally Slade will have her work cut out in more aquatic surroundings this weekend – all for charity.
The mum-of-three, clerk to the governors for the Spalding Special Schools Federation (the Garth and Priory Schools), has challenged herself to a 1.5km swim in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care at Castle Swimming Pool, Spalding, on Saturday at 1.30pm.
Sally, who is also vice-chairman of Pinchbeck Community Land Trust, is hoping to swim 60 lengths of the pool in less than an hour and she has taken sponsorship pledges of more than £300 so far.
“I used to swim with a club when I was a teenager and while I was at university in Reading,” Sally said.
“But I hadn’t trained properly since then, apart from swimming with my children and teaching them to swim.
“Last September, I decided that I needed to get fit by the time I was 50 in July and since then, I have been swimming once or twice a week at the Castle Swimming Pool.
“Although I often have to drag myself there and force myself to do the lengths, I have felt revitalised by it and I always feel better once I have been and up and down the pool.”
Sally will be among more than 20,000 people spread across at least 600 swimming pools to take part in Swim for Marie Curie, running from Friday to Sunday and organised by The Swimathon Foundation with British Swimming.
Since its launch almost 30 years ago, more than £40 million has been raised for charities such as Marie Curie Cancer Care, Sport Relief, Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, British Heart Foundation and the Prince’s Trust.
Sally said: “Earlier this year, just when my resolve to swim regularly was beginning to wane, I noticed there was going to be a Swimathon in aid of Marie Curie and decided to try it.
“I know that Marie Curie do an enormously good job in providing thousands of hours of nursing care and support to terminally ill people and their families.
“I am really looking forward to it now and, having upped my training, I am now confident of being able to swim 1.5km on Saturday.”
To sponsor Sally, go to https://my.swimathon.org/sponsor/sallyslade