Rotary Club of Bury splashes out on Suffolk charities

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The Rotary Club of Bury St Edmunds are splashing out on local charities after their third Swimarathon raised a grand total of £12,500.

Held earlier this year at Abbeycroft Leisure Centre, the event has enabled cheques for £5,000 to be presented to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and CLIC Sargent who both care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families across Suffolk.

The remaining funds were donated to the Rotary Club Charity Fund which supports many local causes.

President, Jenny Benfield said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from schools, the community and local businesses.

“We were delighted to have eleven teams take part plus the Club’s President, Cris Barlow. Cris raised more than £6,000, £1,000 of which will go to Riding for the Disabled, a charity Cris has supported for many years.”

Following the amputation of his left leg four years ago, Cris Barlow achieved his goal of swimming one kilometre.

Thurston College entered two student teams and a staff team, both winning Rotary Club Trophies. Matthew Boreham, school cover supervisor said: “It was a great event. The staff jumped at the concept and couldn’t wait to get in the water.”

Other teams came from schools including St Louis, KEGS, County Upper and Ixworth Free School, the Bury St Edmunds Methodist Circuit, and local companies.

Next year’s event is on March 19, contact Robert Davie on 01284 766318 to enter.