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Horsham Lions Swimarathon in aid of the Jigsaw Trust

In November, it was announced that Horsham Lions Club was organising its eighth annual Swimarathon, which will take place at Pavilions in the Park Leisure Centre on Sunday 17 March. This year, the event will be held in aid of Jigsaw Trust, based in Dunsfold, to support autistic children and adults.
The aims of Jigsaw Trust are to provide specialist education and support to those who are affected by autism spectrum disorder, and to promote greater knowledge and understanding of autism.
Not only does the trust support autistic children and their families, they have opened a new Centre for Lifelong Learning for young adults with autism, in order that they can lead independent lives. In addition, there is an ongoing refurbishment program, which includes extending outdoor playgrounds and specialist indoor rooms.
Richard Legge, Head of Fundraising at Jigsaw Trust, said: “It is a huge privilege to be the beneficiary charity for this year’s Swimarathon. As a local charity dedicated to providing outstanding educational and developmental services to over 100 children and adults living with autism, we rely on the generosity and support of the local community to ensure our vital work continues.
“We are extremely grateful to the Horsham Lions for their ongoing support, and for inviting us to be involved with such an established and popular event such as the Swimarathon. We would encourage anyone who is interested (or has friends who could be influenced) to take part and help support Jigsaw Trust and other valued local charities.”
Horsham Lions Club wants to help this refurbishment program by donating a 50% share of monies raised by the 2018 Swimarathon plus tax recovered under Gift Aid. The other half of receipts from this swimming event will be donated to a good cause selected by the entering teams, which could be a favourite charity, their club funds, or their school. Alternatively, teams could donate all funds raised to this year’s nominated Charity.
This year, Horsham Lions has a sponsor for the Swimarathon, PTC Systems, a pioneering structured cabling company delivering innovative solutions for IT infrastructure across the Commercial, Construction and Public sectors. PTC provides unparalleled services that include IT Infrastructure cabling, Wireless Networks, CCTV, and Access Control systems.
Established in 1988, PTC is still a family run business that works hard to deliver outstanding service to a range of organisations, including schools, hospitals, trusts, banks, retailers, and construction.
Managing Director, Dave Cavanagh, said: “PTC Systems are incredibly proud to be the official sponsor of the Horsham Lions 2019 Swimarathon. This is a wonderful community event that really makes a difference to amazing local charities, such as Jigsaw Trust.  We are passionate about Jigsaw Trust’s work with children, and adults, living with autism and would like to encourage everyone who can to get involved.
“We are grateful for their sponsorship, which will go a long way in helping cover the administration costs for this event.
“Horsham Lions wish to thank all those schools, youth organisations, individuals and local businesses who have already entered teams. However, if you have yet to enter a team (or teams), then please note the following:
“There is no entry fee for the Swimarathon. If you are a school, a club, an organisation or an individual wishing to help your local community and at the same time wanting to help your own charity together with Chestnut Tree House Hospice for sick children.
“This is your chance to do just that. Anyone – from ages 8 to 70 can take part. There are plenty of slots left to fill between the hours of 1 and 6 pm on March 18 so here is your chance to do something good and get some healthy exercise in the New Year.”
How does the Swimarathon work?
Each team needs 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 meters.
The first swimmer then swims again, and so on, for a time of 55 minutes.
The first team starts swimming at 1 pm, with other teams starting on the hour, until 5 pm, when the last teams start their swim. The pool can accommodate up to 8 teams each hour.
You can get hold of the Invitation Pack, including an entry form, by visiting the Horsham Lions Club website at www.horshamlions@freeuk.com or contact Lion David Trowbridge at email david@trowbridge.me.uk
The closing date for Horsham Lions to receive entry forms is Monday 4th February2018 so there is no time to lose to claim your spot.
The Horsham Lions Club wants and intends to continue to work for our local community and beyond but to do this successfully it would also be helpful to have some additional community minded people join us at Lions. It’s not all about work, we strongly believe in socialising and having fun and we organize plenty of events for this too.
If any reader is interested in joining your local Lions Club, just contact Horsham Lions President, David Trowbridge at email david@trowbridge.me.uk

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