Thousands of pounds raised at this year’s Sportspace Swimathon

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Staff at Sportspace Hemel Hempstead have been celebrating a record-breaking charity drive.

The 75 participants finally had confirmation of the total amount raised for their Swimathon held in April, learning they had earned £8,160.34 for Marie Curie Cancer Care – the highest amount ever raised by the Dacorum Sports Trust centre.

Aquaspace manager Jo Bevil-Gahan said: ‘We are delighted that so many local people took part.

“The commitment from both individuals and teams to train, and to raise funds was amazing.

“We had staff, customers, family groups and individuals taking part, and it was a real mix of people who have been swimming for years, alongside people who have only recently taken up the sport. The community spirit was infectious!”

Swimathon nationally raised more than £2.4 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

For anyone who would like to start training for next year’s event, the swims will take place on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22.

Sportspace offers informal coaching sessions called Swimfit where customers can pay the normal price for a swim, but there is a swimming coach on the poolside to offer help and assistance.

Swimfit sessions run on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9pm at Hemel Hempstead and on Thursdays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Berkhamsted.