Swimathon Cheques presentation

Tue 12th March 2019 at 18.00 - 18.45

Cheque this one out!

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Local groups and charities met with the Rotary Club of Durham and the Mayor of Durham at Durham Town Hall on Tuesday 12th March to be presented with cheques worth £8,338, raised through their participation in the Durham City Swimathon in November 2018.


The annual charity Swimathon Appeal, which takes place each year at Freemans Quay Leisure Centre in Durham City, is organised each November by The Rotary Club of Durham Charity Fund and The Mayor of Durham’s Charity. In 2018, 34 teams took part in the event, made up of 11 separate organisations including DASH (Durham Action on Single Housing), St Leonard’s School, Durham, Framwellgate School, Durham, Downs Syndrome North East, The Cheesy Waffles Project, The Rotary Club of Durham, The Inner Wheel Club of Durham, Elvet Scouts, Elvet Methodist Church and other private groups. 

The event is organised entirely by volunteers, and over the past 11 years, the Swimathon has raised over £85,000 for many local causes. All money that each team raised during the Swimathon is split equally between the Mayor of Durham’s Charity Appeal (which this year is The Royal British Legion) and the teams’ own chosen charities.  

Tony Ford, President of The Rotary Club of Durham, said: 

“Congratulations to all involved in the 11th annual Durham City Swimathon event. We are thrilled to have raised such a huge sum for North Eastern charities, which all play an extremely important role in our local communities.  We are thrilled that the event has become a such a permanent part of the City calendar and look forward very much to the 12th annual Swimathon in November 2019.”