Over £4700 was raised for charity at the Henley Lions Swimarathon on Saturday afternoon by 126 swimmers who swam a staggering 1213 lengths!
Teams from St Mary’s, Trinity, Gillotts and Nettlebed Schools, Henley Sea and Marine Cadets, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 1st Shiplake Scouts, 1st Henley Brownies, Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children and Mencap. The Lions President, Wendy Franklin, swam with the Chiltern Centre Team and Trinity School entered five teams, taking over the whole of one session.
Before the Mayor, Councillor Julian Brookes started the event, he presented Libby Meachin and Irene Howard from Mencap for their continuing support for this event over the years. Libby said, “We’ve been supporting the event for many years, not sure how many but over 10 years. We’re very privileged to receive this award. We always enjoy the event and this year we’ve entered two teams (7 swimmers). We’ve got some really good swimmers including one of whom won a gold medal at the Down’s Olympics a few years ago. We hope to continue to participate for many more years to come.”
Alex’s Team (friends from Gillotts School) swam the most number of lengths at 95 closely followed by the Sea Cadets at 89 lengths.
The total will be split between Henley Lions to support local children’s charities including Oxon Young Carers with the other half of the sponsorship being kept by the team for their own group or their choice of charity.
Michaela Clarke, Leader of 1st Henley Brownies said, “The Brownies really enjoyed the event for the second year and were chuffed that they beat their total lengths swum (69) over last year’s (66). We will be donating all of our money (over £350) to the Henley Lions and the charities they support.”
Liz Brent who organised the event said, “The Lions would like to record their thanks to Henley Leisure Centre for supporting this charitable event by letting us use the pool, provide lifeguards and social areas for no charge.”