THE Rotary Club of Retford has raised over £8,300 at its 24th annual swimathon.
Swimmers of all ages came together at Retford Leisure Centre to raised funds for a variety of worthwhile causes.
In total 2928 lengths were completed by 161 swimmers in 27 teams representing local primary schools, secondary schools, scout groups and various other charities and local organisations.
A total of 40 per cent of the cash raised will go to the Rotary Club’s chosen charities - the Childrens Liver Disease Foundation and Polio Plus.
The remaining cash will be donated to local charities and organisations chosen by the participating teams. These include Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, The British Heart Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Five Villages First Responders, Children in Kenya, Parkinsons Disease, NSPCC, Cancer Research, Comic Relief, Children with Leukaemia and Help for Heroes.
The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation was represented by a team of very young swimmers, aged eight and nine years, who made a commendable effort in the pool.
Organisers have made a special mention about Hayleighs Diamonds who excelled in both number of lengths completed and the amount of money raised.
Two other performances who were outstanding and showed great promise for their future swimming careers were 10-year-old Daisy Cookson, of Carr Hill Primary who did 35 lengths in 13 minutes and Craig Spears of Retford Post 16 Centre, who did 39 lengths.
The event was started by Bassetlaw Council chairman Coun Ken Bullivant and prizes were handed out by Retford mayor Coun Ian Campbell.
Rotary Club of Retford president Phil Lewis thanked EDF Energy for their valued support and sponsorship of the 2011 Swimathon and the people of Bassetlaw for the great response, particularly by the young people of the district, who gave up their time on a Saturday afternoon to swim and gain sponsorship for their good causes.