Swimmers make splash to support worthy causes

Rotary Club and Inner Wheel entrants
Rotary Club and Inner Wheel entrants

The swimming pool at Tyldesley Pelican Centre was awash with swimmers last Saturday when 66 individuals of all ages took the plunge in aid of Charity.

The “Swimathon” was organised by the Rotary Club of Leigh as part of an event taking place across the World, with participants from 177 Rotary Clubs, in 14 countries all swimming at the same time.

From the Leigh Reporter area the 66 swimmers each swam 100 metres to raise money for 16 different charities, raising money for worthy causes such as Cancer Care, End Polio Now, MacMillan Nurses, Headway and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Leigh Rotarian Ian Brogden, who organised the event said, “This was a magnificent turn-out which has brought together numerous local organisations for some good fun in the water. Each team raised money for their own particular charities and the total will be over £2000, which is a tremendous effort.”

Rotary President Jim Houghton added “Our aim was to help local clubs and societies to raise funds for their own organisations or charities and everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the event, whilst making a great contribution to various worthwhile causes.”