It doesn’t matter whether you are 8 or 80 and whether you swim fast or slow, do crawl or doggy-paddle, so long as you can rustle up a team of six, you can take part in this Swimathon. It is one of the most successful fund-raising events in the South West, having raised over £540,000 since 1988.
Taunton School generously make their pool available each year for the two days of the Swimathon. Every swimmer gets a medal, and there are a number of trophies to be won for teams raising the most sponsorship money or swimming the most lengths.
Outgoing co-ordinator, Jane Fitzgerald says “Teams from all over the Taunton community take part in our Swimathon, including Banks, Accountancy firms, the Hydrographic Office, Musgrove Park Hospital, St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, schools – and many, many more. It is a real community event, and there is a great buzz. Teams come back, year after year, and they always have a great time”. The co-ordinator from 2013 will be Christine Briggs.
During the last 25 years, the Swimathon has raised over half a million pounds, the vast majority of which has been given directly to a variety of local charities including St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, Somerset Sight, Taunton Association for the Homeless, STAR, Citizens Advice Bureau, SURE, Taunton Opportunity Group, Somerset Young Carers and SANDS. Any charity who would like to be considered for benefit in future years, should get in touch with our Charity Liaison Officer for further information.
E-mail: Lucy Hulse. Write to: Lucy Hulse, Hilltop, Aisholt, Bridgwater, TA5 1AR.
Taunton School is the main sponsor of this event, together with valued support from Alpha Trophies, Pardoes Solicitors, Rockwell Printers, Timpson and Moda Marketing Design & Advertising.
So get on the phone or e-mail to book your lane or request more information. Phone 01823 423187 or e-mail the Swimathon Booking Officer. Come and join in the Swimathon; it’s the most fun you could have on a cold weekend in February – and you can get a rosy glow by raising some money for local good causes.
The next Swimathon is Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February 2014.
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