Jackie and Sue’s Great North Swim for CancerCare

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Two friends will take on the open waters of Lake Windermere at this year’s Great North Swim event with the help of their local Health Club to raise vital funds for local cancer support charity CancerCare.

Team Piranha

                     Jackie & Sue

This year’s Great North Swim in Lake Windermere will take place in June and Team Piranha – Jackie Sanderson and Sue Rennie – are already training hard down at their local pool at 3-1-5 Health Club in Lancaster.  Both women are taking on the challenge to give something back to local charity CancerCare who helped Jackie through her recent battle with cancer.

Thirty seven year old Jackie from Torrisholme was diagnosed with Melanoma two years ago and the impact of her diagnosis hit her hard.

She says;

“After being told I had cancer I went into shock. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me.”

“My GP suggested I contact local charity CancerCare, which upset me at first because I thought CancerCare only helped people who were going to die. But I was wrong.”

“From the minute I entered their Slynedales Centre in Lancaster I was treated with such kindness. I accessed their free hypnotherapy and councelling services which really helped me come to terms with my illness.”

“I realised that being diagnosed with cancer doesn’t have to be a life sentence and I could deal with it and move forward. Alongside the support from my family, friends and work colleagues, I wouldn’t be where I am today without CancerCare’s help.”

“I’ve always loved swimming and after my treatment I decided to get back into the pool at the 3-1-5 Health Club in Lancaster. I got talking with Piranha Club Swim Coach KJ and we soon agreed what better way to give something back to CancerCare than to sign up to the Great North Swim challenge! I really want to raise as much money as I can for CancerCare so that other local people facing cancer get the help and support they need.”

CancerCare supports local people whose lives are affected by cancer as well as their families, carers and anyone who has been bereaved by cancer. They offer a wide range of free professional support services delivered by experienced and qualified staff including counselling, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy massage, creative art therapies and exercise classes to name but a few.  The charity also offers a dedicated Children and Young People’s Service for children as young as three.

Jackie will be joined by team mate Sue Rennie who supported her throughout her illness.

Sue says,

“Luckily for me I haven't had a cancer diagnosis but like most people, I know lots of people close to me who have. I know from their experiences how important CancerCare services are and I’ve seen first-hand how they help people.”

“Neither of us have ever done an outside swim before so the event will be a huge challenge. We’re both training like mad at the moment but we’ve got the amazing support from our coach KJ at 3-1-5.She’s been great and has really been pushing us to our limits but we’re loving every minute of it!”

3-1-5 Piranha Team swim coach KJ Blenkharn says:

315 PIRANHA“Team Piranha has been training extremely hard and I’m really pleased with their progress. By June they will have the confidence, fitness and skills ready to take on the challenges of the open water. I’m also really impressed with their fundraising efforts too. From everyone at the Piranha Swimming School, we’re behind them every step of the way!”

You can sponsor Team Piranha online via Just Giving at www.justgiving.com/Jackie-Sanderson.  

For more information about CancerCare please call 01524 381 820 or visit our website at www.cancercare.org.uk. Follow CancerCare on Twitter @CancerCareLocal or on Facebook at ‘CancerCareCharity.’