Rotary swim marathon raises £6,000 for charities

Primary school winners St Andrew's of Leasingham, presented by Stephen Bath, Rotary Club President.

Primary school winners St Andrew's of Leasingham, presented by Stephen Bath, Rotary Club President.

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The annual charity Swimathon organised by the Rotary Club of Sleaford is now known to have raised £6,000 for its chosen charities.

Held in November at Sleaford Leisure Centre, the event aimed to demonstrate how swimming can be fun, while raising funds for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamhire Air Ambulance, the Royal British Legion, the End Polio Now Campaign and other Rotary charities.

It is now known to have raised £6,000 for the causes.

Meanwhile, the best-performing school teams have been recognised.

In all, 55 teams took part in last year’s event, involving 215 swimmers, covering a total of 11,662 lengths of the pool in relays between 8am and 6pm.

The Rotary Club organised an Inter Schools Swimming Challenge. The Secondary Schools Challenge was won by Carre’s Grammar School Team 1 who swam 187 lengths in 50 minutes, while the Primary Schools Challenge was won by St Andrew’s Primary School at Leasingham by swimming 62 lengths in 25 minutes. Both teams have received medals.

A raffle raised more than £800 on the day, and there was support from Sleaford Lions, local businesses, 1-Life (Leisure In The Community) and Lincolnshire Co-op.

Stephen Bath, president of the Rotary Club of Sleaford, thanked all those who supported the event.