Stephen Hawking backs Docklands charity swim to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease cure

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Professor Stephen Hawking appealed to swimmers to get involved: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

A charity swim aimed at raising money to fund a cure for Motor Neurone Disease was today backed by sufferer Professor Stephen Hawking.

The London City Swim race will take place in Docklands next month where hundreds of swimmers will raise money to tackle the debilitating disease.

It is the first MND-focused open water swimming race to be held in the capital and is open to competitive swimmers over a 500-metre course. MND sufferers can also get into the water using flotation devices to have fun with their families.

It has won the backing of the Stephen Hawking Foundation, with Professor Hawking appealing to swimmers to get involved.

The London City Swim will be held next month with hundreds expected to take part (London City Swim)

Hawking, 75, said: “Please jump in and swim for me and all of us with MND, you can really make a difference.”

Races in Amsterdam and New York have raised more than £7.5 million since 2012.

The London City Swim takes place on Friday September 22 at the Royal Victoria Dock.

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