Presentation Evening 2018

The presentations of trophies to winning teams and cheques to the four charities took place on Friday 27th April at Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall.  Swimathon Co-ordinator, Christine Briggs, welcomed all winning team members and friends and charity representatives. She announced the total raised this year was £20,189.49. However, there was prolonged applause when Christine mentioned that over its 30 year history the grand total raised by the Swimathon is just over £631,440!

The Taunton Mayor, Hazel Prior-Sankey, presented the trophies to the winning team members.  Among these were our own Soroptimist Swans as the team who raised the most sponsorship money – over £1,100.  The Mayor also presented the cheques to each of the charity representatives.

  • Sue Weightman, Project Manager, Taunton Foodbank
  • Andrew Pritchard, CEO, Mind in Taunton & South West
  • Joy Milliken, Clinical Director, St Margaret’s Hospice


Assembled audience including teams, winners and charity representatives
CA-TFISH - a team from Taunton Citizen's Advice who won the Clarke Willmott Trophy for the Legal Team raising the most money - £781
The Milverton Massive - a team entered by Beth French, winners of the Milsted Langdon Challenge Cup for the 1st time entrants raising the most money - £630
North Town Sharks - joint winners of the Taunton School Junior School for the Primary School Team swimming the most laps
St George's Dolphins - joint winners of the Taunton School Junior School for the Primary School Team swimming the most laps
The Sharks - winners of the Mayor's Cup for long term support of the Swimathon awarded to a team who has not previously won an award.  Duncan Moore, family and friends have entered almost every Swimathon and raised lots of money over the years, this year raising £490
Churchview - winners of the CS Williams Challenge Cup Swimathon Committee Special Award for the team making exceptional effort during the Swimathon
Jonathon Langdon receives one of the two trophies which Milsted Langdon won this year - Taunton Chamber of Commerce Trophy for the Chamber Members Team swimming the most laps  - 74 swum by Milsted Langdon A and the Accountants Trophy for the Accountancy Team raising the most money won by Milsted Langdon C - £900
Vicky Rayson from the Taunton Deane Swimming Club Team Old Timers receives the Western Power Distribution Shield for the 2nd highest number of laps swum - 97.  She also receives the Soroptimist Plate on behalf of the TDSC Sea Squad Reviews who swam the highest number of laps a fantastic 107 laps
The Soroptimist Family Cup for the Family Team raising the most money - Foodbank Flotsam who raised £590
The Soroptimist International Team with a Theme trophy for the Team with the Best Theme awarded to Archie and his friends around the world from Reminiscence Learning
Anne and Abby from the Soroptimist Swans receive the Westbury Homes Trophy for the single team raising the most money - £1103
Sue Weightman Project Manager from Taunton Foodbank receives the Foodbank's cheque
Rhona and Christine from SI Taunton with Sue Weightman, Project Manager at Taunton Foodbank and Foodbank Volunteers, Helen Wallace, Diane Murphy, Alison Perry and Derek Hicks.  The Foodbank will be using the money they received to expand and improve the facilities at the Foodbank Warehouse.
Andrew Pritchard from Mind in Taunton and West Somerset receives their cheque
Joy Milliken - Clinical Director at St Margaret's Hospice receives the Hospice cheque (the Hospice received 50% of the amount raised)
Rhona, Christine and Pauline from SI Taunton with staff from the Hospice - Joy Milliken Sadie Ellison Kara Frampton and Community Nurse Sophie Saint.  The money granted to the Hospice will be used to sponsor Sophie for the next year.