11:09AM, Saturday 10 November 2012
Fundraisers are hoping to invoke the spirit of the Olympics to enlist volunteers to help make an annual charity swimathon the best yet.
The Lions Club of Maidenhead will be holding its 28th annual Swimarathon at the Magnet Leisure Centre on Saturday, January 5.
This year, 770 swimmers from 45 community groups entered the challenge, which requires teams to swim as many lengths of the pool as possible in 55 minute time slots.
The event raised £31,000 for a wide range of good causes and saw entrants complete a total of 190 miles of swimming.
Next year, for the first time ever, the Lions are looking to gather volunteers outside the organisation who are willing to give up three hours of their time to help on the day.
Organisers are close to attracting the maximum turnout of 120 teams and need 60 volunteers to help ensure the event runs smoothly.
Many regular entrants have already registered their participation but teams are still being sought for the challenge, with 50 per cent of sponsorship money going to a nominated cause and the other half going the Lions Club of Maidenhead Charitable Trust Fund.
To volunteer or enter a team, contact Ed Filmore on 01628 623263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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