Grants totalling a staggering £33,000 were made to good causes last night (Wednesday) – money raised by local people for local people.
The community chest was the result of this year’s RotarySwimarathon, held at The Meres in February for the 27th year by the Rotary Club of Grantham.
More than 1,300 swimmers in 222 teams took part, bringing the grand total raised in 27 years to more than £730,000.
Speaking at the presentation at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, Rotary club president David Burr said: “It’s wonderful that we engage with the complete community in Grantham and district; clubs, societies, businesses and individuals all come together in a show of commuity spirit and for this event.
“The money we raise is then recycled back to your good selves so that we can help you assist those less fortunate than ourselves. This complete circle is a wonderful example of how a local community can enrich the lives of so many people.”
Thirty-seven charities and good causes benefited.
The biggest beneficiary was Day Break at Grantham College – a day centre offering leisure activities for young adults with learning or physical disabilities – which received a cheque for £8,000 towards the purchase of an adapted minibus, which would allow service-users to enjoy more social outings.
Day Break manager Sarah Done said: “This donation means we are almost three-quarters of the way to reaching our target of £17,000.”
Curriculum manager Lisa Smith added: “We can’t thank the Rotary club enough. We’re absolutely thrilled and overwhelmed.”
RotarySwimarathon chairman Neville Thompson hosted the presentation, thanking the event’s many sponsors and supporters before inviting representatives from each school, charity or society to come forward.
Cheques went to: Parkinson’s UK; St Barnabas Grantham Hospice; Grantham Disabled Children Society; Inspire+; Grantham MS Society; Kesteven Rideability; GADFAS Barkston School; Harlaxton School; Manthorpe Playgroup; St Wulfram’s Choir; Lynx Swimming Club; Inner Wheel; RSPCA; Grantham College; Caythorpe Village Hall; Home-Start Grantham; Contact the Elderly; Fenland Netball Club; Grantham Leisure Support; Celebration Active Care; Trust House; Grantham International Preparatory School; Barrowby Scouts; Grantham Foodbank; Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance; Grantham Passage; King’s School; Barrowby Helping Hands; Grantham Talking Newspaper; St Mary’s School; Grantham Samaritans; Grantham Carnival and Events Group; Grantham and District Mencap; Rock Challenge; Grantham Stroke Club; Grantham Journal Children’s Fund; and Day Break at Grantham College.
Awards were also given out to stand-out participants in this year’s swimming event. They were: National Junior School, HSBC Award for highest amount of sponsorship raised; ‘Swimarathon Boy’ Cameron Johnson, ‘Swimarathon Girl’ Sophie Asher, ‘Swimarathon Woman’ Christina Mower and ‘Swimarathon Man’ Steve Squires; Grantham International Preperatory School for highest amount raised by a school team; Escritt Barrell Golding, The Golding Award for most sponsorship raised by a professional business; Belvoir Lettings, Best Newcomer; and Grantham Swimming Club for swimming the most lengths.
** Teams are invited to sign up now for next year’s RotarySwimarathon. For details, go to www.rotaryswimarathon.org