The annual Lions Swimathon took place on Saturday afternoon at LA Fitness. 19 teams (139 swimmers) took part from St Mary’s, Nettlebed, Trinity and Valley Road Schools as well as teams from Shiplake Scouts, Mencap and Henley Guides. The Mayor, Stefan Gawrysiak started the event off with a countdown.
They had 35 mins to swim as many lengths in a relay and a few teams did over 100. Half of the money raised was going to ‘Hope for Tomorrow”, a mobile Chemotherapy unit serving Henley and surrounding villages and then the teams could choose to donate the other half to their chosen cause.
Henley Guides leader, Gill Chappell tweeted afterwards, “Well done everyone! 109 laps and money raised for a mobile chemotherapy unit, our trip to Switzerland and a new tent.”
John Moore, Chari of Lions would like to thank LA Fitness for hosting the event again this year and he said, “The deputy Manager, Tom Morris, was extremely helpful in getting the pool set up with ropes and allowing us the use of pool, changing rooms and the conservatory from which to manage the event. We raised a fantastic £4430.18 which will be split between the ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ charity and the teams’s chosen causes.