Melton Lions Swimarathon makes big splash for good causes

St Mary's school teams celebrate the end of their stint EMN-150420-105306001
St Mary's school teams celebrate the end of their stint EMN-150420-105306001
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Teams of swimmers made a big splash in aid of five charities on Saturday by taking part in the 15th annual Melton Lions Swimarathon.

Some 27 teams - comprising of 158 swimmers in total - took part in this year’s event raising just over £5,000 in sponsorship on the day.

Lions president Barbara Fraser with the 4th Melton Scouts team EMN-150420-105740001

Lions president Barbara Fraser with the 4th Melton Scouts team EMN-150420-105740001

The average number of lengths swam by each team at Waterfield Leisure Centre was 124. Gary Postle’s Melton Wednesday teams of Dolphins and Sharks both swam the most lengths with 197 lengths in 55 minutes.

The average funds pledged by each team was £185. Again, Bob Wells’ Melton Mencap teams pledged the most money on the day with Awfully Awsome pledging £402 and Mega Mencap pledging £399.

The primary schools which took part this year were St Mary’s, The Grove, Old Dalby and Scalford.

Other organisations which had teams included Latham House Medical Practice, Pera, the 4th Melton Scouts, The Melton Mowbray Building Society. Other teams included Paul Hodgkinson’s Fred and Jack’s Heroes, the Duck ‘n’ Divers, The Flipping Floppers, The Speedos, Melton Wednesday Spare, Mike Brighty’s Eat My Bubbles.

A flying start for the Latham Dippers EMN-150420-110102001

A flying start for the Latham Dippers EMN-150420-110102001

Vale of Belvoir international Down Syndrome swimmer Andy Banks, along with Alan Chidgey and son Ben, swam together as the Ups and Downs and June George swam the whole 55 minutes by herself, covering 74 lengths, as her team was unable to join her.

The total sponsorship pledge on the day was £5,059 which will be split between Hope against Cancer, Leicester Hospitals Charity - Heart Unit, Melton Scouts’ campsite building scheme, the Mayor’s Appeal (for Dove Cottage Hospice and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance) and Lions’ charitable projects in the borough.

The Melton Lions have thanked the many sponsors who underpinned the event - Melton Mowbray Building Society, Pera Consulting, Pera Business Park, Oldham Marsh Page Flavell Solicitors, Stephen Jeal at NFU Mutual, Westmoreland Windows, Heather Little, Richard Barnes Funeral Services, Jeld-Wen, Sandicliffe Ford KA, Pearces Jewellers and Strays FC. Thanks also to Mars which provided goodie bags given out to all participants on completion of their swim, along with a certificate.

A presentation evening will be held on Wednesday, June 17 at Melton Council’s Parkside Offices, 6pm to 8pm. All swimmers, their families and the sponsors are welcome.