Big splash for charity

Wakefield-based Open Water Swimmer and National Champion Danielle Hall Jackson joins Swim For All partner charities to launch this year's event at Pugneys lake.Danielle (centre) with L-R Stephanie Burland,Adam Vizard,Gemma Mainprize,Marie Amos,Sally Wilford,Kelly Walton and Caroline Artschan
Wakefield-based Open Water Swimmer and National Champion Danielle Hall Jackson joins Swim For All partner charities to launch this year's event at Pugneys lake.Danielle (centre) with L-R Stephanie Burland,Adam Vizard,Gemma Mainprize,Marie Amos,Sally Wilford,Kelly Walton and Caroline Artschan

A NATIONAL champion launched the second year of Jane Tomlinson’s Yorkshire Swimming Festival at Pugneys Country Park this week.

The Swim For All event in June is set to be even bigger than last year’s when 500 swimmers took to the open waters of the park’s lake.

The festival will see the country park filled with swimmers taking part in either a 500m or a 1,500m slog around the lake for charity.

It was launched on Tuesday with National swimming champion and former Silcoates School pupil Danielle Hall-Jackson.

Miss Hall-Jackson, 17, is the national champion for under 18s at 800m and 1,500m distance, and holds the British record for the 1,400m.

She said: “I’ve done open water swimming before but I usually do it abroad so this is going to be a challenge - it’s going to be cold!

“It is a great way for people in Yorkshire to support charity and either try a new sport or use this as an opportunity to train in a new way.

“Jane is a great motivator for us all, especially as she did all her charity work when she was suffering.”

The swim joins the Run For All and Walk For All events organised by the For All Events team as part of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The charity set up by the inspirational fundraiser has been continued by her family after Jane lost her battle with cancer in 2007.

The festival on Sunday, June 17, will consist of a junior 500m swim for 12-17-year-olds, an open 500m swim, and a 1,500m swim for over 18s.

To date the charity has raised more than £4m for good causes, and the Swim For All will support charities including, Diabetes UK, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Scope, Macmillan, and the Breast Cancer Campaign,

It will also support Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Leeds Children’s Hospital and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Sara Birkinshaw, events director at For All Events, said: “The Swim For All is a special event in our calendar as swimming was extremely important in Jane’s life.

“Even before she was terminally ill she spent a lot of time in the pool so we’re thrilled to be able to announce our Yorkshire Swimming Festival is back for its second year.”

Visit www.forallevents.co.uk for information or to register.