Swimathon 2014

Swimathon is our annual charity swimming marathon that engages with our local community and raises funds for our projects and those of the charities we support

Swimathon 2014

Swimathon 2014

Swimathon 2014, which was held on Saturday 29th March proved to be an outstanding success, both in terms of the number of teams entering, the amount of sponsorship money raised and the very positive feedback from those taking part this year who have all assured us they will be taking part next year.

The teams of ‘non-swimmers’ have again proved to be very popular and it could be that we will have to extend this facility next year.

91 teams took part this year, involving over 500 swimmers. As usual we had fantastic support from St Peter’s Primary, Trinity, Portishead Primary, High Down Junior, St Nicholas Chantry in Clevedon, St Mary’s Portbury and Crockerne Primary in Pill  entering 51 teams. Guides, brownies and scouts accounted for 12 teams and local swimming clubs, and other groups made up the total. 

Local good causes received an enormous boost to their funds as a result of the 2014 Portishead Swimathon.

The annual event, now in its 18th year, was organised by the Rotary Club of Portishead in collaboration with the management of The Parish Wharf Leisure Centre, where it took place. 

This year a record number of over 550 swimmers took part, all noisily supported and encouraged by their friends and families at the poolside, joined in the fun. 

Swimming in teams of six, representing local schools and organisations, the swimmers swam in relay for 35 minutes, raising funds for charity through sponsorship. One team swam 143 lengths which was 1 short of the previous record of 144.

The principal charities to benefit this year were “Children’s Hospice Southwest”, “The Great Western Air Ambulance” and local Schools and groups.  

Rotarian President David Oyns opened proceedings by starting the first session.Popular local TV celebrity Jemma Cooper, always very generous with her time for local charity events, then took over the starting hooter for a while, the last swimmers going into the water at 7; 30pm!

Rotarian Mollie Young said “the generosity and community spirit shown bybusinesses and residents of Portishead and surrounding areas continues to be astonishing. All the costs incurred in promoting and staging this event were met by donations from local businesses, enabling  all the money raised by the swimmers to go directly to the selected charities and local projects. Members of the Rotary Club are very grateful to everyone who has taken part in organising and supporting the event”. 

Overall we have raised a total of £11,400 for charities. We estimate that this takes the figure raised in the last 18 years at Parish Wharf to over £153,000 and we are very proud of this achievement.

We look forward with optimism to Swimathon 2015 which will be held on Saturday 25th April 2015.

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