Swimarathon hands over £45,000

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CASH raised by participants in February’s Swimarathon fund-raising event organised by the Rotary Club of Grantham was handed out to good causes in the region on Wednesday evening.

Trophies were also handed out to participants who made the most significant conributipon to the event in temrs of fund-raising, effort or other contribution.

Now in its 22nd year, the event has raised more than £500,000 for causes in the Grantham area - including nearly £45,000 this year.

There were 1,400 swimmers from 232 teams involved in this year’s event, covering a distance of 473 miles during the weekend.

Event chairman Roger Graves said: “It’s always a delight to see people take part in our Swimarathon.

“The greatest benefit is not just the money - it’s the awareness of the issues within the community of Grantham and the tremendous fellowship between the Rotary Club and everybody who lives in the Grantham area.”

Among the recipients of money from the event were schools, charities, social clubs and sporting clubs.

The Rotary Club of Grantham received a citation from the president of Rotary International in recognition of the work that it has done over the last 22 years.

Next year the club launches its GlobalSwimarathon, which will involve simultaneous swims all over the world to raise money for Rotary international’s work to stamp out polio.

Information: www.rotaryswimarathon.org

PHOTO: Trophy winners and grant recipients with Rotarians at Wednesday’s presentation.