Fundrais­ers make a splash for great causes

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE pool at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre was filled with ex­cite­ment for the an­nual Ro­tary Swimathon.

The swim­ming chal­lenge is or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary Club of Mac­cles­field Cas­tle and sees teams from across town en­ter to see how many lengths they can swim in the given time pe­riod, with spon­sor­ship split be­tween Ro­tary’s char­ity and the cho­sen char­i­ties of the teams.

The five hour event in­cluded 41 teams, with in­di­vid­u­als swim­ming for up to 40 min­utes at a time.

By the end, a whop­ping to­tal of 6,211 lengths of the 25 me­tre pool had been com­pleted.

Ro­tar­ian Alec John­ston, who helps or­gan­ise the event, said: “Ro­tary is all about the com­mu­nity and that’s the main pur­pose of the event. It was a fan­tas­tic event and as al­ways a lot of fun was had. It’s re­ally great for the small groups to get in­volved and raise some money for their char­i­ties.”

David Rut­ley, Mac­cles­field MP, also at­tended. He said: “I was very pleased to sup­port this year’s Swimathon and it was great to see so many peo­ple of dif­fer­ent ages tak­ing part and rais­ing money for wor­thy lo­cal causes.

“I would like to thank Mac­cles­field Ro­tary Club for or­gan­is­ing the event and ev­ery­one for tak­ing part.”

●● James An­der­ton, from Mac­cles­field Cas­tle Ro­tary Club (left), with the Spear­ing team made up of Sarah Spear­ing, Jean Spear­ing, Paul Whyte, Emma Spear­ing and baby Heidi-Jean, Mar­shall Spear­ing and Rachel Spear­ing, along with Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley

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