The 20th Windsor Lions Annual Swimathon – as popular as ever!
41 teams, that’s over 250 swimmers, swam all day on Sunday at Windsor Leisure Pool to raise money for their own good causes in what the Windsor Lions has described a ‘major fundraising success’! Over £8,000 was raised on the day and a great deal more – at least double – is expected to roll in over the coming weeks as sponsorship money is collected.
Teams consisting of young and old swimmers raced enthusiastically up and down the pool striving to raise as much money as possible for their good causes. Event Organiser Lion Mike Sells was delighted. “What a fantastic day! We had a really good turnout – everybody gets so excited about the event, especially the youngsters, that it becomes infectious and creates a huge buzz around the pool. It’s great!”
Once again, the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, was in attendance to see her Team get proceedings underway at 9.00am. Well over 2000 laps (that is two lengths of the pool) were recorded throughout the day by teams representing the Brownies & Guides, disability sport with SportsAble and Electric Eels, Windsor Horse Rangers and cancer charities amongst numerous others. New teams this year included a very enthusiastic Clewer Green school and St Mary’s School in Winkfield. Even a member of the public joined in at the last moment and made her donation for the privilege.
The Swimathon is one of the major fundraisers of Windsor Lions’ annual calendar and has raised over £160k over its twenty year history all of which has been donated back to the participating charities. It is therefore a fantastic event for local good causes to help themselves without all the work and worry of staging the event.
Lion Mike concluded: “We have had great feedback and a dozen teams are already booked for next year. We are reverting to our Autumn schedule so it will be Sunday 15th October 2017. We will look forward to another record breaking year in 2017 so teams should get in early and start their planning now – to make it a really BIG Splash!, one to remember. Simply contact Lion Mike Sells on: mobile 0845 833 4749; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.windsorlions.co.uk.”
Windsor Lions’ own, very own Lion Diane Purchase receives prestigious Club accolade
Windsor Lions, the leading service organisation in Windsor and the surrounding district, presented the most prestigious of awards, The Melvin Jones Fellowship, to their long-serving member and past President, Lion Diane Purchase, at the Club’s monthly Business Meeting last night.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship is a Lions International award and is presented by Lions Clubs to their most deserving members. It is generally considered to be the most prestigious as the nominee is elected by their peers, that is, by other members of the Club. It recognises the huge amount of dedicated service Lion Diane has given to the Club over her 16 years of membership of Windsor Lions, including her year as President in 2004/2005 – the first lady President in the Club’s history.
Lion Diane commented: “ I am absolutely thrilled and very, very surprised. I had no idea that the award was even being considered. I am honoured and not a little flattered that my colleagues in Windsor Lions Club should feel that I merit such a prestigious honour. I am very grateful.”
Lion Diane continues a long and distinguished tradition of the Purchase family and their involvement with Lions. Husband Lion Harry Purchase, a past President of Windsor Lions on more than one occasion, was also awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship several years ago. His four offspring have all been involved with the Lions organisation – eldest daughter Lindsay is currently joining Windsor Lions; her brother Alaster is a current member. Daughters Serena and Naomi also have been members of Lions and its ‘junior’ arm, The Leos. To complete the family connections, Lion Diane’s parents were members of Farnham and Arundel Lions Club, her father being Lion President on three occasions.
Lion President Bob Tavinor, who proposed the award, said: “I cannot think of a more deserving candidate than Lion Diane. She is a fantastic Lion and is generally at the heart of everything the Club does. She was our first lady member and our first lady President. As examples, she organises our annual Silver Lunch for the elderly and the Prostate Cancer Awareness initiatives we hold as well as countless other projects. She is always there first with her hand up, getting stuck in, the spirit of true Lionism and an example for all of us.”