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A hotel is hoping to make a splash as it launches a campaign of fundraising for St Cuthbert’s Hospice.

Staff, guests and visitors at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham City are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds in a sponsored swimathon with an aim of covering a total of 12.4 miles tomorrow (Thursday) – the length of the Durham coastline.

The event, to be staged in the pool at the hotel’s PACE suite, is part of a series of fundraisers by the hotel which is already sponsoring the hospice’s Colourama event.

Melanie Harrison, of Radisson Blu, said: “Our charity committee choose to support St Cuthbert’s as they are a local charity and play a vital role in the local community – helping patients and supporting their families through difficult times and becoming a big part of their lives.

“The work that the charity undertakes daily struck a chord with members of the committee. After finding out more information about the charity itself the team were keen to get involved and participate in raising funds.

Kay Welsh, of St Cuthbert’s Hospice, said of the swimathon: “Everyone at the hotel has been really supportive of their local hospice and we’re delighted with how they’ve thrown themselves into this event – literally!

“They’re making such a big effort for us but Radisson Blu is also one of our colour station sponsors for Colourama on 6th June – throwing blue paint, of course!

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