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Church-goers tackle swim

MEMBERS of a Bognor Regis church are getting ready to swim the English Channel for the second time.


They will take on the 22-mile challenge on the next two weekends.


They will be taking to the water at the Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham from 5pm to 7pm this Saturday and next Saturday thanks to the venue’s managers.


Church member Simon Whitehead said: “Our first sponsored swimathon challenge in 2017 was a great success, where 42 swimmers swam a combined effort totalling 44 miles and raised funds for the new extension that is open to mothers and toddlers and youth groups as well as the church.


“The swimathon challenge is open to anyone in the community who may like to come and join us. We would also like to ask if anyone would like to sponsor those in the church to beat last year’s record and, hopefully, target 50 swimmers to swim a combined 50 miles.


“All funds raised will go towards the final costs of the new extension, which was opened last year, and to equip it for those who use the facilities.”


More details from Pastor Jamie Fredricks, Simon Whitehead or Julia Passmore at the Opengate Church, at 73 Victoria Drive, Bognor Regis, phone 01243 821891 or email:

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