Rotary Club hands over £26,000 to charities from Swimathon fundraiser

Presentation made by Rotary Club of MK
Presentation made by Rotary Club of MK

It was a good night for six local charities when members of Milton Keynes Rotary Club gave them the £26,000 raised by swimmers who took part in their annual Swimathon.

The Mayor, Cllr Keith Maclean, presented the awards and his predecessor, Cllr Derek Eastman gave out cheques to the charities, which was followed by a buffet and refreshments provided by the Holiday Inn, who hosted the event.

Rotary’s District Governor, Jenny Muir praised the club for organising this event and the Mayor agreed that it was a wonderful achievement.

Organiser, Bill Blyth said: “We can’t thank enough all the people – charities, friends, families, businesses and Rotarians - who gave so generously of their time and money to make this Swimathon a success. Special thanks, as always, go to all the disabled swimmers who did their own Swimathon for us raising £2,500.” Around 300 people had taken part in the swim.

Unusually, Bill Blyth was on the receiving end for a change when Rotary President, Chris Dancaster presented him with an award to thank him for chairing the Swimathon committee for the last ten years.

Cheques were given to Willen Hospice, Macmillan, Westbury Arts Centre, Dogs for the Disabled, West Bletchley Counselling and Wellbeing Service, Works 4 Us, Leo’s Appeal and MK Academy’s Interact Club.

Award winners were:

Most lengths cup - Heald Barracudas

Rotary cup - MK Grand Union

Original name cup - Awesome Nashers

Wendy Thompson Special achievement cup - June Hobden

Special achievement cup - Holly-Mae Squires

Most sponsorship cup - Demo Demons

Most sponsorship group - Willen Hospice

Supporters recognition awards - Dicky Tickers

Schools trophy - Radcliffe