Tuesday 1st May 2012
Swimmers are being encouraged to take the plunge for an open-water challenge raising funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The charity which saves lives at sea is calling on swimmers to take part in the Great East Swim.
The RNLI has 25 places on offer in a one-mile swim at Alton Water reservoir near Ipswich. Thirty people who have secured their own places have also chosen to raise funds for the RNLI.
Rachel Clarke, RNLI events manager, said: "Every penny raised will help ensure our volunteer lifeboat crew members have the right kit and equipment they need in order to launch on those important lifesaving missions."
Participants will be supported during the challenge by kayakers and safety boats in case they get into difficulty. There are also options to swim, a half-mile, or two-mile route.
The event will also feature a festival atmosphere with a farmers' market and taster sessions for other sports.
Entry costs £30 with participants asked to raise a minimum of £150 for the June 16 challenge.
Entrants will receive a fundraising support pack including sponsor forms, an RNLI T-shirt and support and refreshments on the day.
To register for an RNLI place visit http://www.rnli.org.uk/greateastswim or call Rachel on 01473 325961.