Felixstowe: Double marathon raises £3,000 for hospice care

Presentation of Felixstowe swimming marathon cheque to St Elizabeth Hospice. Front Row (Left to Righ

Presentation of Felixstowe swimming marathon cheque to St Elizabeth Hospice. Front Row (Left to Right) - Phil Trett, Emily Sheridan, Faye Hermon, Thomas Boyt, Brooke Flower, Adrian Hine and Dawn Rourke. Back Row (Left to Right) - James Casburn, Seamus Bennett, Nick Rogers, Mark Taylor and Jason Flower - Credit: Archant

Fitness fanatics who swam and danced the night away for charity at a special double marathon challenge have presented more than £3,000 to St Elizabeth Hospice.

Felixstowe Leisure Centre hosted the event as one set of fundraisers took to the pool to do a Channel Swim, while another group, a set of 85 dancers, sweated their way through a Ceroc Dance Marathon.

Olympic swimming gold medallist Adrian Moorhouse also attended to provide expert advice and support for those taking part.

However, the hard work and dedication was worth it – with the event raising £3,210 for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.

Mark Taylor, contract manager for DC Leisure, which runs Felixstowe Leisure Centre, said: “It really was a great night.

“Raising over £3,000 in one night is an amazing achievement.

“Everyone involved is now keen to make this an annual event, and to make it even bigger and better in the future.”

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Emily Sheridan, community fundraiser for St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “Thank you to everyone who helped organise the event, the volunteers who helped on the day and to all those who took part.”

The money would be used for hospice care for people in east Suffolk and south Norfolk.

Swimmers aimed to complete 1,401 lengths – the equivalent distance as swimming the Channel – with four teams taking part. One entrant, Nick Rogers, completed the entire distance, while Katie Holmes managed more than 1,000 lengths and Seamus Bennett more than 800.