Marcus to swim Channel for St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice

THE countdown is on for a local man’s swim across the English Channel to France.

During the week beginning July 9 Marcus Walmsley, who works at Kenwick Health and Leisure Club in Louth, will be attempting the mammoth swim for St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice.

Marcus is keen to raise money for the children’s hospice as he has taught Jago Rance from Louth, who has in the past used the hospice, to swim.

Jago has had leukaemia and has visited the hospice on a regular basis. He has recently come to the end of his treatment and is in remission, but will continue to be monitored.

It costs £1 million per year to provide vital specialist hospice care for Jago and his family and children like him.

Marcus said: “I thought previous challenges were tough, but swimming the Channel will probably be the hardest thing I will ever attempt. But the rewards will be just fantastic and the knowledge that by raising money for the children’s hospice I’m supporting local children with life-limiting illnesses makes it all worthwhile.”

Hospice fundraiser Lisa Courtney said: “St Andrew’s is the only children’s hospice in Lincolnshire which provides care for children with life-limiting illnesses and also supports their families. We are truly grateful to Marcus for attempting this fantastic challenge and hope people will support him!”

l To sponsor Marcus please go to or send a cheque to Kenwick Health and Leisure, Kenwick Road, Louth, LN11 8NR.

If you have a fundraising idea, Lisa would love to hear about it and you can contact her at: or on 01472 350908, ext 262.