12:53PM, Monday 09 May 2016
Fundraising swimmers who took part in the annual Swimarathon in January were honoured at the event’s awards ceremony on Friday evening.
Attended by Theresa May MP, the Mayor, and about 80 people, the evening at Cox Green Community Centre saw individuals and groups recognised for their fundraising efforts and feats performed during the actual event.
The Swimarathon invites local groups to take part in the sponsored swim. Half of the money raised goes to organisers the Lions Club of Maidenhead and the other half to charities picked by the participating teams.
The big swim, held at Magnet Leisure Centre on January 9 saw 39 local groups, including schools, churches, and companies, divided into 97 teams, participate.
Altogether the groups collected money from more than 2,700 sponsors, and raised more than £30,000.
80 per cent of places for the next swimarathon, in 2017, were already booked by groups immediately following this year’s event.
Trophies were won by two Furze Platt Junior School teams (most lengths swum by an u12 team), Maidenhead Swimming Club (MASC) (most lengths swum by an adult team), Lowbrook Academy’s Tadpoles team (embodying the spirit and fun of the event), Cox Green Townswomen’s Guild (most raised), and Samantha Creamer (highest number of sponsors), and were handed out on Friday.
Brenda Butler, co-ordinator of the swimarathon, said: “It was a brilliant event.I think it was the biggest turnout we have had,
“There were lots of the children and their proud mums and dads.”
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