Rotary swimathon cash boost for charities

PUBLISHED: 13:18 02 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:59 11 May 2010

CHARITY BOOST: Sue Bowcock of Clic Sargent, Helen Bearfield-Smith of Teenage Cancer Trust, Royston Rotary Club president Neil Guttridge, Claire Thompson of Papworth Hospital Trust, Kerry Briers of Mac

CHARITY BOOST: Sue Bowcock of Clic Sargent, Helen Bearfield-Smith of Teenage Cancer Trust, Royston Rotary Club president Neil Guttridge, Claire Thompson of Papworth Hospital Trust, Kerry Briers of Mac

A RECORD amount was raised at the 2008 Royston Rotary Club Swimathon. More than £9,000 was collected by the 25 teams that took part in the event, held at Royston Leisure Centre last October. At the Rotary club s recent meeting, cheques for £2,350 were pre

A RECORD amount was raised at the 2008 Royston Rotary Club Swimathon.

More than £9,000 was collected by the 25 teams that took part in the event, held at Royston Leisure Centre last October.

At the Rotary club's recent meeting, cheques for £2,350 were presented to the main charities supported at the Swimathon - Cherry Homes Trust, Clic Sargent, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and Royston Rotary Club Trust Fund.

The Cherry Homes Trust was founded in Royston, and provides housing for disabled people.

Malcolm Tongue, representative of the trust, said: "It was wonderful that the Rotary club and all the swimmers gave so much of their time and put in so much effort, solely for the purpose of raising money to help others.

"To see so many people in the pool taking part was a great experience. Cherry Homes Trust is extremely grateful for being included in the list of beneficiaries and it extends sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of Royston."

A Royston Rotary Club spokesman thanked all the teams that took part.

He added: "Particular mention should be made of the 7th Royston Scouts and Wimpole Hall teams who each raised more than £1,100, the Rotary ladies' and men's teams more than £800 each, and The Countryman Inn, Chipping, more than £700."

At the same meeting, further substantial donations to Macmillan Cancer Support (£500) and Papworth Hospital (£4,000) were also made.

These donations came from funds raised from the Royston Kite Festival last year and the Rotary club's annual quiz, held in January.

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