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.”