Youngsters in swim for heart risk fund

Eileen Bailey's team in the Lytham St Annes Lions Swimathon to raise money for CRY
Eileen Bailey's team in the Lytham St Annes Lions Swimathon to raise money for CRY
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People of all ages took to the water on Sunday in a bid to raise money for charity.

More than 50 teams competed in a swimarathon team event at St Annes YMCA Pool from as early as 9am.

The event was the latest part of Lytham St Annes 
Lions’ attempts to raise money for the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.

The aim is to aid funding in the medical screening of hundreds of local young people.

The hope is that with the help of fund-raising the charity can ensure tragedies like the sudden death of St Annes teenager Luke Rutter, who 
collapsed on a tennis court five years ago will be prevented.

Lions spokesman Colin Holt said: “The aim to supply Fylde’s schools plus public buildings such as swimming baths with the defibrillators was a brilliant success and we were delighted with the response from the swimmers and sponsors.

“We wondered what would be the ideal beneficiary to follow that up and CRY was the answer.”

Scores of parents and grandparents were also in attendance to show their support to the cause.

Norry Ascroft, 41, from central Blackpool, had his daughter Melissa participating and believed the event benefited everyone.

He said: “It’s great for the children to keep fit while raising money for a great cause.

“Not only is the physical part good for them but the fund-raising they have done before it gives them a great understanding of how it feels to contribute and give back to people in need.”

Holly Pugsley, 41, from Lytham, said had her two children competing in “Eileen’s swimmers” team.

She said: “It’s very exciting for the children to take part and it’s great for them to work as a team.

“It’s great for all the children to be involved in something that is giving to charity at an early age.”

Emma Barnes, 41, from St Annes, had three children competing at different times throughout the day.

She said: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic day and you can see that all the children have loved their time here swimming.”