A SPONSORED swim is being held at Rutland Water for the first time ever.
The Epilepsy Action charity launched the event at the reservoir on Thursday last week and are looking for 300 swimmers to take part.
Joanna Burrows, the charity’s new Rutland-based community fundraiser, says anyone living in the East Midlands is welcome to take part in the outdoor event scheduled for Sunday, September 9. The first ever Epilepsy Action Rutland Water Swim will have distance options of 500 metres, 1,000m or 1,500m.
The UK’s leading epilepsy charity is working with Anglian Water and sporting experts Inspire2tri to give swimmers the opportunity to take the plunge and help raise vital funds to improve the lives of the 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK.
Joanna said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this brand new experience to swimmers. It will be the first time the public has ever been able to take a dip in Rutland Water for charity. Until now it is something that has been reserved for specialised athletic events such as triathlons.”
Organisers are hoping it will make a real splash and become an annual event.
“We’d like to thank Anglian Water and Inspire2tri for making it possible,” Joanna said.
Sally Ball, water sports team leader at Anglian Water, said: “We’re really excited about this event and welcoming lots of new visitors to Rutland Water. It’s great to be supporting the fantastic work that Epilepsy Action does.
“Rutland Water is such a beautiful location that we’re sure that everyone who takes part will enjoy swimming and taking in the scenery.”
The swim will begin at 8.30am. To sign up, or find out more, contact Joanna on 0116 243 0569 or visit www.epilepsy.org.uk/rutlandswim
It costs £36 to register and Epilepsy Action is encouraging all swimmers to raise at least £100 in sponsorship.
All proceeds will go to support the charity’s work all over the UK.
Epilepsy Action campaigns to improve epilepsy services and raise awareness of epilepsy. It also provides a national network of support groups, funds a specialist nurse scheme, holds regular regional conferences and has a freephone and e-mail helpline.
Epilepsy affects one in every 103 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. In the East Midlands more than 34,000 people live with it. Last year the charity directly helped 1.1 million people through its range of services.