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Fancy that! A novel way to fundraise.

Byline: Jessica Flynn

LIFEGUARDS at a city swimming pool didn't just jump into the pool to help the Lengths for Life appeal - they leapt in wearing fancy dress.

Around 20 staff at theWestern LeisureCentrepool in Ely, Cardiff, took part in the unusual relay in the pool to help the Cardiff and Vale Breast Centre reach its pounds 1m fundraising target.

Money raised from the campaign will go towards state-of-the-art equipment and a teaching and training centre at the unit based at Llandough Hospital.

Opened in October the new facility means patients no longer have to make several journeys to hospital to learn whether they have cancer and to have treatment, as all outpatients and radiography are under one roof.

Tracey Highgate, assistant manager at Western Leisure Centre, said: "All of our lifeguards are very good swimmers so we decided to do something different for the Lengths for Life campaign to make it more interesting.

"We did a sponsored fancy dress relay in the pool with those taking part dressed in goggles, flippers, arm bands and T-shirts.

"They had to kick on a frog-shaped float from one end of the pool to the other and give their fancy dress to the next person.

"All the staff are behind the campaign and our customers have been keen too taking sponsor forms with them.

"One of our workers has raised pounds 140.

"During half term, from Monday to Friday, children can practice their swimming before we have a sponsored swim event."

To claim your free swim cut out the voucher on this page and take it along to the following leisure centres before January 31: Llantwit Major Leisure Centre; Penarth Leisure Centre; Barry Leisure Centre; Pentwyn Leisure Centre; Western Leisure Centre, Ely; Eastern Leisure Centre, Llanrumney, and STAR Leisure Centre, Splott.

The breast centre will be holding an open day on February 23 where people can pay their sponsorship money and receive a certificate.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 27, 2011
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