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Horsham Lions 6th Swimarathon raises funds for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

Sunday 18 March saw Horsham Lions host the 6th Swimarathon, and the atmosphere was electric!

For the very first time, 37 of the 40 teams were able to take part, covering individuals of all ages and numerous organisations, swimming 4,167 lengths in the 25 metre main pool, beating the 2017 record by some distance. This is equal to 104,175 metres or 69.45 metric miles, again beating last year in overall distance.

The day was well attended by families, friends, support groups, and those with an interest in the event, who braved the cold temperatures outside.

A club spokesperson commented: “Hats off went to the disabled swimmers, who were just remarkable in their efforts to compete with the best of them. A big thank you to the Sunbeam Swimming Club For The Disabled Teams and 2 from Silver Swimmers teams for being there, for taking part and for doing just a great job of it. A big thanks to all 222 swimmers for making it what it was, a great day out and memorable occasion for all of us.

“The Swimarathon is always held for charity and this year, another record was the amount of  £11,104.40 pounds,was pledged, which is a record in itself. More than half of this amount will go to our charity for this year’s event – Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice in Arundel, West Sussex and will go  some way towards completing the refurbishment program. In addition the remaining sponsorship monies will be distributed between 22 local organisations and charities chosen by the participating teams.

“On behalf of Horsham Lions Club, a delighted Lions President David gave thanks to all participating teams, old and new, to their supporters and sponsors for pledging an impressive amount of money for local charity. David also expressed his thanks to event sponsors, Assurity Consulting and particularly to Suzanne and Lara for their hard work both before and during the day. The same success would not have been achieved without you.

“Thanks also goes to nominated charity, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, with a special commendation to Jayne Todd and the team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly. Without you all, the organising and running of the event would have been much more difficult.”

Jayne Todd, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “The Swimarathon is always held for charity and this year, another record was the amount of £11,104.40 pounds, being pledgedt. The team at the hospice will use these much needed funds to ensure children and their families are given all the care they need, at the most difficult times in their lives.

“Chestnut Tree House provides a wide range of services for children with life shortening conditions, and their families. Currently the annual running costs amount to £3.5 million, of which they receive less than 7% from central government funding.

“Horsham Lions Club is helping to provide this vital care by donating 50% of the proceeds raised by Swimarathon plus tax received through Gift Aid. The other half of receipts go to charities as selected by participating teams.

“We are so incredibly grateful to Horsham Lions Club for their ongoing support. We have a few things lined up for 2018, but it’s great to see people in the local community coming up with their own ways to help us celebrate our 15th birthday.

“It costs £6,850 every day to provide all our specialist care services – both at the hospice and out in the community in families’ own homes.

“On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House, I would like to say a massive thank you to Horsham Lions Club and all the swimmers who takes part in the Swimarathon for supporting us during 2018. This support is invaluable and the funds raised will make a real difference”

A club representative gave a final thanks to members of the Lions Club in Horsham, the Swimarathon Sub Committee and organising teams, for their valuable contribution to the day and event, and added: “Our aim at Horsham Lions is to continue to work for our community, and beyond, and it would be helpful for other community minded people to join us in this. If you  would like to give up just a little of your time to work for your community and have fun in doing it, why not join us?

“Being a member of Lions is about serving our community, having fun and socializing, as Swimarathon last Sunday clearly showed.”

For more information about Lions in Horsham, please contact Lion David Trowbridge: david@trowbridge.me.uk.

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