More than £30,000 given away as preparations begin for 25th Grantham Swimarathon

Tens of thousands of pounds were donated to good causes on Friday night at Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School.

Tens of thousands of pounds were donated to good causes on Friday night at Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School.

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More than 50 local charities and good causes are celebrating this week after receiving a boost thanks to the Rotary Club of Grantham’s Swimarathon.

At a special event at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School on Friday evening, a total of 55 organisations were handed cheques thanks to the money raised by 1,524 swimmers and 254 teams at this year’s Swimarathon.

Roger Graves of the Rotary Club of Grantham said: “We are delighted with the event and so pleased to be able to help the 120 people from 55 different organisation which all help people in the Grantham community who were here tonight.

“We have always said the Swimarathon is a community event and we want to help as many people as possible and I think the Rotary Club of Grantham has achieved that.”

Friday’s presentation evening was attended by Rotary International’s District Governor Chris Chew who was full of praise for the Grantham Rotary Swimarathon.

He said: “I think it is one of the biggest and most successful events in the UK and it’s run by Rotary.

“What appeals to me is the variety of causes it supports - all from the local community.

“We always want to serve communities both locally and internationally and this is marvellous.”

Next year’s event will be extra special as it will be the 25th Grantham Rotary Swimarathon. Over the previous 24 years the event has raised an incredible £613,000 for good causes.

Roger said: “We are going to try to make the event even more special. We are trying to get some Olympic and Paralympic stars to join us and we will also be having a special presentation evening.

“We will be open for bookings online from August 1.”

Corporate sponsors of the event were given a special thanks as their donations ensure the running cost of £10,000 is covered so all money raised goes to good causes.

Next year’s event will be held February 7 - 9 at the Meres Leisure Centre.

The following organisations received donations from this year’s event:

Grantham Fine Art Society

Rainbows Hospice

Grantham Foodbank

Grantham Leisure Support

Inspire+

Manthorpe Playgroup

Barnardo’s Lincolnshire

Grantham Civic Society

Grantham & District Talking Newspaper

Church Trees Disabled Club

Grantham Music Festival

U2 Can Craft

Grantham Good Companions

Grantham Stroke Club

Nottingham Hospital Charity - Prostate Cancer

Allington Village Hall

Kesteven & Girls’ Schools

Grantham Passage

Inner Wheel - Grantham

MS - Grantham

South Kesteven CAB

1st Bottesford Guides

Lincolnshire Credit Union - Grantham office

Contact the Elderly

RSPCA Radcliffe-on-Trent

Salvation Army

Home-Start - Grantham

MENCAP - Grantham

St Mary’s School - Life Ed Bus

Dysart Park Action Group

National School (Grantham Church Festival)

Grantham Canal Preservation Trust

Grantham Street Pastors

Samaritans

St Barnabas Hospice - Grantham

Rutland Sailability

Motoneuron Disease Lincs Association

Gravity FM

LIVES Long Bennington

LIVES Ropsley

LIVES Caythorpe

LIVES Belvoir

Parkinsons UK - Grantham branch

Oesophageal Patients - Grantham

Friends of Chernobyl Children

Jubilee Church Life Centre

Lincs ACF

Be Your Best Foundation Rock Challenge

Kesteven RFC

Grantham Youth Trust

Caythorpe & Frieston Heartbeat Project

William Roberts Academy

St Wulfram’s Spire Appeal

Kesteven Rideability

LYNX Swimming Club