‘Swimarathon’ makes a splash for charities

Rotary Club of St Edmunds hosted their annual Swimarathon

Pictured: Team CML


PICTURE: Mecha Morton
Rotary Club of St Edmunds hosted their annual Swimarathon Pictured: Team CML PICTURE: Mecha Morton

An annual swimming challenge has raised more than £6,000 for charity.

The Swimarathon was organised by the Rotary Club of Bury St Edmunds with 65 swimmers taking part last Sunday.

Teams of between four and six swimmers took part in the event at Abbeycroft Leisure Centre and had to complete as many lengths as they could in 45 minutes.

It is the fourth time the Swimarathon has been held, with money raised going to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), CLIC Sargent, which raises money for young people with cancer, and the Bury St Edmunds local charities’ fund. Swimarathon has now raised more than £30,000 in total.

“It was brilliant People were joining the Swimarathon all afternoon and we worked out that between 2pm and 6pm, 65 swimmers managed 1,560 lengths, with sponsorship working out at around £4 per length,” said one of the organisers, Robert Davie.

“It was mainly school teams, but also local businesses and we entered a team ourselves, called the Rotary Splashers.”

Schools taking part this year included Thurston Primary School, Sybil Andrews Academy and County Upper School.

The Rotary Splashers included amputee Cris Barlow, and also the president of the club, Jenny Benfield.

Lighting manufacturers CML Innovative Technologies of Bury St Edmunds also took part.

“We are thrilled the Rotary Club once again chose to support us,” said Each fund-raiser Hannah Walker.

Karen Roberts, CLIC Sargent fund-raising manager added: “Support from events like this enables us to help the 11 children and young people who diagnosed every day in the UK with cancer, as well as their families.”