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Splash out with Bury Rotary Club to support charities

Bury Rotary Club's team, from back left clockwise, David Evans, Lucy Perkins, Jenny Benfield and Cris Barlow
Bury Rotary Club's team, from back left clockwise, David Evans, Lucy Perkins, Jenny Benfield and Cris Barlow

There is still time to put up a team for the Rotary Club of Bury St Edmunds’ annual Swimarathon.

The event at Abbeycroft Leaisure Centre in Bury on Sunday March 19 is in aid of EACH, CLIC Sargent, with 40 per cent of the cash raised each, and the Rotary Club’c own local charities fund.

Teams of four to six swimmers are invited with each member swimming for 45 minutes in a relay to get as many lengths as possible.

Three previous Swimarathons have raised more than £27,000.

Organiser Robert Davies said 14 teams have signed up so far: four from Thurston Community College, Sybil Andrews Academy, Ixworth Free School, King Edward Vi School, County Upper School a team from C M L Innovative Technologies and two family teams.

The Rotary Club’s own team includes 71-year-old amputee Cris Barlow, who took part last year. Cris, from Risby, lost his left leg after suffering an aneurysm in it on Christmas Eve 2015.

When it came to last year’s Swimarathon he said: “I thought rather than stand on the edge counting lengths, I would have a crack myself.”

This year Chris, who raised £7,000 in 2016, will be part of the Rotary Club’s first swimming team with , David Evans, Lucy Perkins and club president Jenny Benfield.

Jenny may not have been able to keep up the training because she has just returned from Nigeria where she has been visiting rural clinics and hospitals supported by the Methodist Church’s Nigeria Healthcare Project Charity.

Robert Davies said: “Now is the time to put into action that new year’s resolution to get fit. Come and support us.”

More than 20 local businesses have promised sponsorship of about £5,000 and the main sponsors of the event are Thomas Ridley Food Services, Sheridans, C M L Innovative Technologies, Abbeycroft Leisure and Bury Free Press.

To enter a team call Robert on 01284 766318.


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