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Over £7,500 raised by Thame swimmers

The annual Swimathon was back at the weekend, raising money for good causes.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:56am 4th March 2020. 3-minute read.

Over £7,500 raised by Thame swimmers

20 enthusiastic teams attended the 8th edition of Thame Swimathon on Sunday, raising money for local good causes.

The large majority of the swimmers were schoolchildren from the local primary schools: Barley Hill Thame, John Hampden Thame, Watlington Primary School, Haddenham Junior School, and Ickford Primary School.

For many of the children this was their first ever opportunity to fundraise for good causes.

The teams swam a total of 2,097 lengths, the equivalent of 32 miles (52 km).

The total raised is well over £7,500 - which is the new fundraising record for this event.

All Thame Swimathon swimmers received medals presented by Ann Midwinter, Mayor of Thame, as well as Linda Emery and Graham Colverson, former Presidents of the Rotary Club of Thame & District.

Rotary Club Thame & District main charities supported during 2019-2020 are Thame Young Carers, Red Kite Family Centre Thame & Chinnor, and The Maple Tree Children's Centre Wheatley.

Most of the teams took the option to allocate 50% of the funds towards their favourite charity or cause.

Jo Sackett, Trustee at Barley Hill School PTFA, said:

"Thank you so much to the Rotary for organising yet another wonderful event.

"The Swimathon is so popular with the students and staff at Barley Hill and it was a pleasure to submit 5 teams to take part.

"They had an amazing time, swimming 537 lengths between them and raising over £1500.

"We'll be back again next year!"

Karen Cemm, Chair of Watlington Primary School PTA said:

"I have had great feedback from the parents and children themselves about what a great event it was and how much they enjoyed participating.

"Thame and District Rotary Club really seems to have got the balance right of being fun, but brilliantly organised event!"

Marius Ciortan, Thame Swimathon Steering Group Chairman said:

"The event was possible due to generous local sponsors who kindly covered the swimming pool hiring costs: Thame Leisure Centre and Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust. Aston Hearing Thame kindly supported the event with the cost of producing the medals.

"I would like to thank the volunteers from Thame Inner Wheel, Wheatley Park Interact Club, Phoenix Community Club and Haddenham & District Rotary who helped Thame and District Rotarians with the counting of lengths swum by teams.

"On behalf of our club, I would like to thank all swimmers and their families for their support and for making Thame Swimathon 2020 a great success."

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