Swimmers take plunge in memory of Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson Swim for All - Mike Tomlinson
Jane Tomlinson Swim for All - Mike Tomlinson

HUNDREDS of swimmers braved the water at Pugneys yesterday in memory of Jane Tomlinson.

Fundraisers from across the region donned their wetsuits to take part in the first ever Swim for All.

They took the plunge for a whole host of different charities from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to Diabetes UK.

Mum-of-three Jane Tomlinson from Rothwell.was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer in 2000 and given six months to live.

But she battled on for seven years to raise almost £2m for charity with a series of challenges including triathlons and a 6,781km bike ride across America.

Husband Mike and daughters Suzanne and Rebecca joined in the swim. Son Steven also had a role to play by waving off each group of swimmers with a Yorkshire flag.

There was an event for swimmers of all abilities with 500m and 1,500m swims and a 500m junior swim for 12 to 17-year-olds.

Mr Tomlinson said the Swim for All was one of his favourite fundraising events so far.

He said: “Of all the events we’ve done, this one has been particularly special. The atmosphere at Pugneys was incredibly relaxed with lots of families enjoying Sunday morning picnics and barbecues.

“Feedback from all swimmers was extremely positive and we are already looking forward to the 2012 event.”