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King's Lynn Swimarathon 'set to raise £15k for charities'



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Officials behind a charity swimming event in Lynn have thanked participants and supporters for their help to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

More than 200 people, in nearly 40 teams, took part in the town’s second annual Swimarathon at the St James Pool on Saturday.

And members of the town’s Priory Rotary Club, which staged the event, estimate the eight-hour challenge will raise at least £15,000 for good causes.

The Purfleet Trust swimmers celebrate their achievement at the end.. (28702215)
The Purfleet Trust swimmers celebrate their achievement at the end.. (28702215)

Organiser Jonathan Holmes said: “We are absolutely delighted by the response from local corporate sponsors, those that worked hard to enter teams at the event and all those people in the community that sponsored the swimmers.”

He also thanked pool staff and members of both the Trinity and Hunstanton Rotary clubs, KES Academy Sports Leaders, the Springwood Rotaract Club and the West Norfolk Swimming Club for their help during the day.

Charities nominated to benefit from the event will receive their donations at a reception next month.

Neil Gotsell and his son Logan (12).. (28702194)
Neil Gotsell and his son Logan (12).. (28702194)

The main beneficiaries are the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company and the West Norfolk branch of Norfolk and Waveney Mind.

Other groups which will receive donations include West Norfolk Young Carers, Little Discoverers, Reach for a Star, Theresa’s Tiny Treasures, Break, HomeStart, Embrace, WhizzKidz, Nelson’s Journey, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, the Purfleet Trust, Mr Bees, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and the Matthew Project.

Mr Holmes said the club is already gearing up to stage the event again on the same weekend next year,

Meanwhile, a mini-Swimarathon for schools, which had been due to take place ahead of the main event, has been provisionally re-arranged for late March.

Organisers of the Rotary Swimarathon.. (28702197)
Organisers of the Rotary Swimarathon.. (28702197)

Donations can be still be made online by searching for The Rotary Club Of King’s Lynn Priory Benevolent Fund page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com.

Members of the Lavendar Hill Mob team.. (28702201)
Members of the Lavendar Hill Mob team.. (28702201)
KES staff taking part in the event.. (28702208)
KES staff taking part in the event.. (28702208)
Team two from West Norfolk Mind.. (28702217)
Team two from West Norfolk Mind.. (28702217)
The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702131)
The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702131)
The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702132)
The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702132)
The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702207)
The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702207)
The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702195)
The Rotary Swimarathon was held at Alive St James Pool on Saturday.. (28702195)
Competitors were cheered on by the crowd.. (28702212)
Competitors were cheered on by the crowd.. (28702212)


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