A nurse who swims in the sea is thrown for her grandfather who has fought against three types of cancer

Sea swimmer Alice Cartwright is urging others to join her in taking the plunge and registering for Swimathon 2023.

The 27-year-old nurse, whose grandfather Alan Richardson is battling cancer, has signed up for the 5km event in May to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.

Alice, who works as an OR at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, will run the MySwimathon version of the challenge in her spare time to fit around her work shifts.


The Lingdale woman said: “I have quite a family history with Cancer Research UK. My grandfather has had three types of cancer now, so it’s always something I look out for, if there are any fundraisers, to give a bit of back for all they have done for us”.

The Swimathon takes place May 12-14 at pools and venues across Middlesbrough, East Cleveland and the UK, including: Neptune Centre, on Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough; the Rainbow Leisure Center in Coulby Newham; Redcar Leisure Center; Guisborough Swimming and Fitness Center; Saltburn Leisure Center and Loftus Leisure Centre.

Alice Cartwright is taking the plunge for Swimathon 2023.(Image: © Richard Walker/ImageNorth)

With a variety of distances available, from 400m to 30.9km, the sponsored event offers a challenge for swimmers young and old, new and experienced. People can participate individually or as part of a team. Any swimmer, like Alice, who is unable to attend one of the organized sessions can sign up for MySwimathon, which will take place from April 28 to May 21, and choose the time and place that works best for them.


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