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
Grantham Leisure Support
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
Inner Wheel - Grantham
MS - Grantham
South Kesteven CAB
1st Bottesford Guides
Lincolnshire Credit Union - Grantham office
Contact the Elderly
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
St Barnabas Hospice - Grantham
Motoneuron Disease Lincs Association
LIVES Long Bennington
Parkinsons UK - Grantham branch
Oesophageal Patients - Grantham
Friends of Chernobyl Children
Jubilee Church Life Centre
Be Your Best Foundation Rock Challenge
Grantham Youth Trust
Caythorpe & Frieston Heartbeat Project
William Roberts Academy
St Wulfram’s Spire Appeal
LYNX Swimming Club