Chris Carter, owner of at home care company, Home Instead Senior Care in Norwich, got so carried away with excitement during last weekend’s ‘World’s Biggest Swimathon’ that he sailed straight past the 2.5km finish and literally forgot to stop swimming… for an extra 20 lengths!
Chris’s aim was to complete 100 lengths of the UEA Sportspark pool, which he did in 63 minutes; however, he wasn’t stopping there! Instead he notched up 120 lengths, the equivalent of 3km. Chris explains, “Once I’d got into my stroke I simply lost count of the number of lengths I’d completed and the lane counter just couldn’t attract my attention to tell me that I’d finished. I was enjoying myself so much that I just kept my head down and kept going.”
The Swimathon 2013 was a national event to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Chris’s aquatic efforts raised a total of £409 for the charity which, through his business, he has seen doing some fantastic, life-changing work.
Chris said, “At Home Instead we work closely with charities such as Marie Curie Cancer Care when we are supporting people to remain at home when they are terminally ill. We are impressed with the work that they do and are keen to support their fundraising.”
Funds raised by Swimathon 2013 will help Marie Curie nurses provide terminally ill people and their families with free, hands-on care and emotional support, in their own homes, right until the end.