A UTTOXETER nursing student is swapping the books for the pool as he takes on a marathon challenge – all in the name of charity.
Nick Horobin, of Copes Way, is taking part in the Swimathon for Marie Curie Cancer Care and is appealing to residents to help him raise some much needed funds.
The 41-year-old is intending to swim 200 lengths of the pool at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre and hopes to raise at least £200 for the charity.
He said: “I love swimming and wanted to do something to raise money for charity and something which challenges me.
“Doing 200 lengths of the swimming pool is a personal challenge for me as well.
“The last time I swam I did 120 lengths and I am hoping to do 130 next time.
“I am trying to increase by 10 lengths each time and it is going well. I want to have done 200 lengths by April.”
The father-of-two will be completing the challenge on Saturday, April 27, when the event is being held across the country.
He said: “I really like to do things for any charity as I just enjoy helping people and I also enjoy being fit. I like to do things for cancer charities and also for Help for Heroes.”
He is asking residents to give as much or as little as they can to help the cause.
“Even if people do not have a lot of money I would ask them to please just give what they can,” Mr Horobin said. “I know times are hard at the moment but it is for a very worthy cause.
“I really want to raise as much money as I can. If everyone just gives a pound and ask their friends to do the same we will raise a lot of money. I am only asking for a pound if that is all people have.”
More information on the Swimathon is available at www.swimathon.org/ Those wanting to sponsor Mr Horobin are asked to visit http://my.artezglobal.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=412159&langPref=en-CA