Presentation Evening 2019


The presentations of trophies to winning teams and cheques to the three charities took place on Friday 26th 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 £19,234.15. However, there was prolonged applause when Christine mentioned that over its 31 year history the grand total raised by the Swimathon is just over £650,520!

The Taunton Deputy Mayor, Francesca Smith, presented the trophies to the winning team members.  Among these were our own Soroptimist Swans as the team who raised the most sponsorship money – £951.  The Deputy Mayor also presented the cheques to each of the charity representatives.

  • Bella Flood, Chair of Trustees Somerset Sight
  • Jon Shoesmith, CEO Citizens Advice Taunton
  • Joy Milliken, Clinical Director, St Margaret’s Hospice
Christine Briggs, Swimathon Co-ordinator, announcing the final amount raised at this year’s Swimathon which was £19,234.15.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Francesca Smith, her Consort and the audience.
The Team swimming the highest number of laps this year was Dark Horses who swam 88 laps.  They won both the Soroptimist Plate Trophy for the team swimming the most laps and also the Soroptimist Anniversary Trophy for the non-swimming club team swimming the most laps.
Winners of the Taunton Chamber of Commerce Trophy were Shark Willmott, one of the two teams entered this year by Solicitors Clarke Willmott who swam 73 laps.
The Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust Trophy was won this year by a team from Musgrove Park Hospital Eye Department, the Musgrove Eye Swimmers, who swam 61 laps.  They also won the Hilary Smith Trophy for the Medical Team raising the most money which was £565.
The NHS Somerset Trophy for the NHS Team swimming the most laps went this year to Minehead based Opthalmologists, the Cranmer Sharks who swam 45 laps.
The Taunton Times Family Cup was won for the 6th time by Rawle who swam 73 laps.
St Georges Swordfish were proud winners of the Taunton School Junior trophy for the Primary School Team swimming the most laps which was 58.
The Taunton School Senior Trophy was won by the Dolphins who swam 69 laps.
Our own Soroptimist Swans were pleased to again win the Westbury Homes Trophy for the Team raising the most money which was £951.
Mrs Wedlake’s Winners from Trull Primary School raised £425 and won the Milsted Langdon Challenge Cup for the first time entrants raising the most money.
The Accountants Trophy for the Accountancy Team raising the most money went again to Milsted Langdon “C” who this year raised £744.
A team from one of the charities benefitting this year the Deep CA Divers from Citizens Advice Taunton won the Clarke Willmott Trophy for the legal team raising the most money which was £890.
The Soroptimist Family Cup for the family team raising the most money went to the Three Generations who raised £678.75
The Soroptimist Team with a Theme Trophy went to a team from the Somerset Wildlife Trust for their themed team the Bathing Badgers.
The CS Williams Challenge Cup Swimathon Committee Special Award for exceptional effort was won by the Staplegrove Seals. One of the girls in the team got the team together because she decided that she would like to raise some money for the Hospice as they had helped look after her Grandad.  Even though they were some of our youngest entrants they swam 43 laps and raised £406 and are very worthy winners.
The Mayor’s Cup for long term support of the Swimathon for a team who has never won an award was this year won by 3 teams. Milsted Langdon enter 5 teams every year, A,B,C,D and E.  Teams A and C regularly win a cup but Teams B,D and E never win although they enter year after year so this year the Mayor’s Cup went to these three teams.
This year we supported three local charities, Somerset Sight, St Margaret’s Hospice and Citizens Advice Taunton. They each received a cheque for £6,411.38.
The winners were all pleased with their trophies.