Horsham Lions Club 10th Swimarathon in 2021

Despite the effects of the Covid  Pandemic, the Swimarathon Horsham Lions Club biggest annual events will celebrate its tenth running at The Pavilions in the Park Leisure Centre. Over the last nine years the Swimarathon has raised over £60,000 which has been donated to a number of local Schools, organisations and charities

Although the timings for the event have not yet been confirmed, the 2021 Swimarathon will take place on Sunday 19 September 2021and the closing date for entries is 23rd August 2021.

In 2017 and 2018 the event supported Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice which provides a wide range of services for children with life-shortening conditions and their families. Over the two years the event raised an amazing amount totalling £18,192.29 for the hospice.            .

In 2019, the Swimarathon supported Jigsaw Trust which provides specialist education and support for children and adults with autism, based on Dunsfold Park in Surrey.

The aims of Jigsaw Trust are to improve the lives of those affected by an autism spectrum disorder and to promote a greater knowledge and understanding of autism. The event raise £5,500 was used to refurbish the children’s play area.

In 2020 the Swimarathon raised £5000 for Horsham Matters which was used to help provide food for the Food bank and Night Shelter.

In 2021 the Swimarathon will again be supporting Horsham Matters which is a small charity making a big impact on the local community in Horsham.  Formed in 2006, Horsham Matters works to relieve hardship through the provision of essential services (food, fuel, shelter) in order to make a positive, long-lasting impact on people’s lives. Since the start of the pandemic there has been a threefold increase in the need for a Food bank for those struggling financially  due to illness, furlough or loss of livelihood.

In 2021 Horsham Matters plans to open a Community Hub which will incorporate a supermarket- style Food bank. The Hub will include a Cafe where those that can afford to pay, do so, and those facing financial difficulties are subsidised or eat free. Funds raised at Swimarathon 2021 will be used for setting up the Hub Cafe and contribute to creating an inclusive, healthy community in Horsham

Horsham Lions Club will be donating the majority of its share of monies raised from the 2021 Swimarathon and the remaining balance  will be used for helping local good causes supported by Horsham Lions Club. The amount donated  will include, tax recovered under Gift Aid.

Swimarathon teams can consist of people aged eight to 70 upwards:

  • The team can include up to six swimmers plus an adult non-swimming team captain.
  • The first team member swims on length of the pool and then rests while the other members take turns to swim a length of 25 metres.
  • The first swimmer then swims again and so on, for 55 minutes.
  • Due to the present Covid restrictions The teams start times have yet to be confirmed, however, Eight teams can be accommodated each hour.

You can enter our team today by e-mailing Lion David Trowbridge on:david@trowbridge.me.uk for an Entry Form and Information Pack.

Alternatively you may visit Horsham Lions Website: www.horshamlions.freeuk.com.

WHY NOT ASK YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILIES OR COLLEAGUES TO COME AND HAVE A GO. IT’S GREAT FUN, ITS GOOD HEALTHY EXERCISE AND NOT LEAST, YOU WILL BE HELPING AND SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.

If any reader of this article would like to learn more about Horsham Lions Club or is willing to give some time to benefit your local community, please contact our website or Lion David Trowbridge at: david@trowbridge.me.uk.

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