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Swimarathon raises more than £6,000 for EACH

Bury St Edmunds Rotary Club has presented a cheque for more than �6,000 following its sponsored Swimarathon. Pictured from left to right: Robert Davy (club Vice President), Roger Messer, Brian Daniels, Sheila Brown, Paul Rossi (club President) Jenny Benfield, Alan Bedford, Gwyn Weallans and Clare Maller (Abbeycroft Operations Manager)

Bury St Edmunds Rotary Club has presented a cheque for more than �6,000 following its sponsored Swimarathon. Pictured from left to right: Robert Davy (club Vice President), Roger Messer, Brian Daniels, Sheila Brown, Paul Rossi (club President) Jenny Benfield, Alan Bedford, Gwyn Weallans and Clare Maller (Abbeycroft Operations Manager)

Bury St Edmunds Rotary Club has presented a cheque for £6,820 to East Anglia’s Childrens’ Hospices - raised through a sponsored ‘Swimarathon’.

A total of 60 pupils from five schools in the area, plus a team from CML Technologies, took part in the swim event on October 13 at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.

Teams were challenged to swim as many lengths as they could in a relay in just 45 minutes.

The Rotary Club’s Fundraising Chairman Brian Daniels said: “It all went very well - each team managed to swim something like one and half miles.

“They had a whale of a time - there was a carnival atmosphere poolside.

“We hope to do it every year and have it grow and grow.”

Sheila Brown, a volunteer funraiser for EACH who accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity, said: “The money will help to provide care for children with life limiting illnesses and their families.

“We need to raise £16,000 a day as a charity - we do it but it’s hard going.

“The event itself was brilliant.

“It is so lovely to see children raising money for children who are less fortunate than themselves.”

Brian said he would like to thank all the sponsors who helped raise the money and Abbeycroft Leisure for letting them use the pool free of charge.

 

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