West Ham United Foundation are delighted to support the Richard House Swimathon 2017 and are urging Hammers fans to bring in the new-year the healthy way, with a sporting challenge.
Taking place from 9am on Friday 24 February until 6pm on Saturday 25 February at the Olympic pool on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, swimmers can enter individually or as a team to complete the 5k race.
Schools can also enter a team, and are able to select from relay lengths of 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k.
All money raised will go towards supporting the fantastic work that Richard House do in east London, supporting children and young people and their families.
Richard House Children’s Hospice are an Official Charity Partner of West Ham United. The hospice provides care and support for life-limited children and young adults with complex health conditions.
Speaking of the hospice, Patron Mark Noble said: “It's based in Beckton and I've been going there for years. It's a place for kids who don't normally live to over the age of 21 or 22.
"It's just a fantastic place to go where they can go and enjoy the life that they are going to have, the staff there are fantastic and you only have to go there to see it."
February’s Swimathon will be preceded by the hospice’s annual charity awareness day, which will take place at London Stadium Vs Crystal Palace this Saturday.
To find out more about Swimathon 2017, or to enter, please click here.