The Swimarathon is one of the Horsham Lions Club’s biggest annual events and next year’s will be the seventh event. Kindly hosted at the Pavilions in the Park Leisure Centre over the last 6 years, the Swimarathon has raised over £32,000 for the club which has been donated to a number of different charities.
This year, the event supported the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, which provides a wide range of services for children with life-shortening conditions and their families. The event raised an amazing amount of £9,162 for the hospice and the club has pledged to support the charity again in 2018.
Organisers explained: “Chestnut Tree House are celebrating their 15th birthday, so to celebrate, we are attempting to raise £15,000 – #15 for 15”. 50% of the money raised from the event is guaranteed to Chestnut Tree House, whilst the other half will be donated to a good cause of the entering teams’ choice. This could be a favorite charity, their club funds or their school. Or they can support the Horsham Lions Club’s own chosen beneficiary. That decision is up to the team entering, all that we ask is that they help us raise as much money as possible!”
For the second year running, local firm Assurity Consulting are sponsoring the Swimarathon. Assurity Consulting are an independent consultancy specialising in workplace health, safety and environmental solutions based in Horsham. Their customers benefit from more than 30 years’ experience of working with organisations of all sizes – from across all sectors – manage their compliance responsibilities as efficiently as possible. We are grateful for their sponsorship and donation which will go a long way in helping cover the administration costs for the event. The Swimarathon teams can consist of people aged 8 to 70 inclusive:
The team needs to include up to six swimmers plus an adult non-swimming team captain.
The first team member swims one length of the pool and then rests while the other members of the team take turns to swim a length of 25 metres.
The first swimmer then swims again, and so on, for 55 minutes.
The first teams start swimming at 1pm with other teams starting – on the hour – until 5pm when the last teams start their swim. We can accommodate up to 8 teams each hour.
For more information please visit www.horshamlions.freeuk.com.