Taking the plunge for charity

Sophie Holmes from Buckingham is taking part in the Rotary Swimathon at The Swan Pool.'120307M-E580
Sophie Holmes from Buckingham is taking part in the Rotary Swimathon at The Swan Pool.'120307M-E580

A BUCKINGHAM schoolgirl is taking part in the first Buckingham Swimathon in memory of a family friend who tragically died from a brain tumour.

Alec Jarvis, from Hillesden, was nine when he died last year, just 13 weeks after being diagnosed.

And keen swimmer Sophie Holmes, who attends Bourton Meadow School, was keen to take part in the Swimathon as a way to remember Alex and help other children while doing something she loves.

Mum Tracey said Sophie had known Alec all her life.

She said: “When the Swimathon takes place, Sophie will be within weeks of the age Alec was when he died.

“She knows how lucky she is to be fit and healthy.”

Sophie has already raised over £100 in sponsorship for the Swimathon, which takes place on Saturday, March 17

The event has been organised by Buckingham Rotary Club in a bid to raise £7,000 for local youth charities and groups including Florrie’s Children’s Hospice At Home team (part of the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity) Buckingham Youth Centre, Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers, Project Street Life, Buckingham Hospital, Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

Rotary president Jane Mordue said: “We are very proud to be launching the first-ever Buckingham Swimathon and hope we can raise £7,000 through team sponsorship, which will go a long way towards supporting these fantastic charities and groups within the community.”

The all-day event, at the Swan Pool, will see teams going head to head in 55-minute time slots to try and swim as many laps of the pool as possible in the allocated time.

And there’s still time for local companies, individuals, clubs and organisations to get involved.

Team entry for the event costs £10, with prizes awarded for various achievements throughout the day.

Although there is no minimum age, swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of one lap (two lengths/50 metres) and have parental authorisation if under 18.

Find out more or download a registration form at www.buckinghamswim.com