Slideshow: Swimarathon sees more than £52k presented to good causes in and around Grantham

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Some of Grantham’s most generous and giving people were gathered in one room last night (Wednesday) for Swimarathon’s presentation of cheques and awards.

Fifty-eight charities and good causes were called by the Rotary Club of Grantham to collect their donations, having been chosen by the club to benefit from Grantham’s biggest charity event.

Swimarathon chairman Roger Graves hosted the Grantham Rotary club's Swimarathon presentation evening.

Swimarathon chairman Roger Graves hosted the Grantham Rotary club's Swimarathon presentation evening.

In many ways, it was a record-breaking year for Swimarathon in 2014 – held at The Meres Leisure Centre back in February – with more swimmers, more teams and more lengths swum. And what a way to mark the event’s 25th anniversary, said event chairman Roger Graves.

Speaking after the presentation, he said: “We’ve made sure that everybody has benefited wherever possible in this 25th year. Cheques range from £250 to £5,500, and we had three special awards for an item for the physiotherapy department at the hospital to the Rutland Sailability boat and all the seating and signage around the Wyndham Park paddling pool.

“Tonight is the highlight of the event. We enjoy the weekend’s events but having spent all the time to put it all together and and collect all the money, it’s a huge delight for us to hand it back out. It’s a bit like robbing Peter to pay Paul, if you like, and, yeah, we get a big buzz out of it.”

Awards were also presented to swimmers and teams which excelled at the Swimarathon, during the presentation in the Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School hall.

And at the end of the evening, two further special awards were presented – this time to Roger himself. In recognition of his hard work as chairman of the Swimarathon, he was presented with a Paul Harris Foundation Medal with five sapphires, which is a highly prestigious award in the Rotary movement. This was handed to him by the club’s president Kevin Lawry, followed by a service recognition certiciate presented to him by Rotary district governor Margaret Morley.

The long list of beneficiaries are:

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

Grantham Foodbank

Grantham Leisure Support


Manthorpe Playgroup

Grantham and District Talking Newspaper

Church Trees Disabled Club

Little Gonerby Infant School

Kesteven Rideability

U2 Can Craft

Grantham Good Companions

Grantham Stroke Club

Heritage Care

Grantham Passage

St Wulfram’s Church Spire Appeal

Salvation Army

Inner Wheel - Grantham

MS Society - Grantham

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children

Lincolnshire Credit Union

Contact the Elderly

The RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Shelter

Home-Start Grantham

Grantham MENCAP

St Mary’s School - Life Ed Bus

Grantham Journal Children’s Fund

LYNX Swimming Club

Grantham Street Pastors


St Barnabas Hospice - Grantham

Rutland Sailability

Grantham Hospital

Grantham Skatepark

47F Air Cadets

Girlguiding Grantham Rural District

Grantham Disabled Children’s Society

Grantham Additional Needs Federation

Allington & Sedgebrook Primary School

Jubilee Church Life Centre

Grantham Tennis Club

8th Grantham Brownies

7th Grantham St John’s Scout Group

Harlaxton Primary School

Grantham Swimming Club

St John’s Primary School

Breathe Easy Grantham

Grantham Fine Arts Society

British Heart Foundation

Gravity FM

SSAFA Grantham

Dysart Park Fun Day

Be Your Best Foundation

Gregory House Care Home

Wyndham Park Paddling Pool

Grantham Music Festival


Sharing The Care Grantham

Awards presented to high-achieving swimmers and teams were:

Steven Burtt Youth Achievement – Grantham Prep Piranhas

HSBC Highest School – Sir William Robertson Academy

Goldings Highest Professional – HSBC Bank for raising £608 which was doubled to £1,320

Swimarathon Woman – Anita Asken, who swam for 25 hours with various teams

Swimarathon Men - Mike Gaffney for taking photos of every participant throughout thethree days and Chris Graves for his dedication

Best Newcomer – European Wines

Basil Blackham Founder’s Trophy for the highest amount raised by one individual team – PAS Sporting Fries

The President’s Award for the organisation which, in the eyes of the Rotary Club, has achieved the most, not just in the Swimarathon but everything else they do in the community - Inspire+