Fundraisers to recieve trophies as charity swimathon tops £4,000

Source: News Journal

It has been revealed that the second Charity Swimathon organised by the Rotary Club of Mansfield and the Armchair Club has raised more than £4,000 for charities and good causes.

The event, held in October at Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex, Mansfield, was attended in person by the town’s Olympic swimming champion, Rebecca Adlington, and her daughter, Summer.

They were among the swimmers, together with individuals and teams from business, charities, a school and Sutton Swimming Club.

Now trophies are also being handed out to the star swimmers and fundraisers on the day.

The president of Mansfield Rotary Club, Kate Allsop, said they were delighted through the joint initiative with the Armchair Club to have raised £4,038 for local charities, particularly in the “most difficult time” of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am sure that your readers will want to join in in a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped to raise this staggering amount during the pandemic.
“Local charities know that there are people in the community who care very deeply.”

The swimathon was held at the Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex, Mansfield.

Half of the money raised by each team of up to six went to their chosen cause — an organisation or charity — with the remaining 50% being shared by Mansfield Rotary Club Benevolent Fund and the Armchair Club Sports Foundation Trust. The Armchair Club is a group of local businessmen who have been providing financial support for local sports people since 1982.

A further £750 was raised via commercial sponsorship, which covered the operating costs and meant that all the swimmers’ fundraising went to good causes.
The Armchair Club particularly praised the efforts of Sutton Swimming Club, which received four awards.

Trophy winners were:

Intermediate
Individual Most Lengths — Ethan Potter.
Individual Most Sponsorship — Callum Mills.
Team Most Lengths — Sutton Swimming Club.
Team Most Sponsorship — Sutton Swimming Club.

Junior
Individual Most Lengths — Harry Arnold.
Team Most Lengths — Wynndale Primary School, Mansfield.
Team Most Sponsorship — Wynndale Primary School, Mansfield.

Senior
Individual Most Lengths — James Taylor.
Individual Most Sponsorship — Emma Dalman.
Team Most Lengths — North Notts Hockey.
Team Most Sponsorship — Notts Women’s Aid.

Sutton Swimming Club also received the Organisation Special Award.

The event was sponsored by Education Mutual, HW Martin Waste, I-Sourcer, Kath Jephson, Smart Digital, Mansfield and Ashfield 2020, Mansfield 103.2 and Jane Box.

Charity swimathon back for second year

Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington has launched the second Charity Swimathon in Mansfield, urging people to take part and raise money for good causes across the area.

The event is again being hosted by Mansfield Rotary Club and the town’s Armchair Club, which supports sporting individuals and clubs. It is being supported by Mansfield District Leisure Trust, which donates pool time and provides lifeguards and staff support.

Among the swimmers will be Rebecca as well as Commonwealth Games competitor Elliot Clogg. Organisers are hoping that Paralympians Charlotte Henshaw and brothers Ollie Hynd and Sam Hynd will be taking part — all of whom have been supported by the Armchair Club in the past.

Rebecca, a patron of the Armchair Club, said she was delighted to have been asked to support the first Swimathon in 2019, which raised more than £2,500.

Elliot, a 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, swam 46 lengths at the first Swimathon and aims to return for 2020 after the disappointment of the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics. Charlotte, a Paralympics and world silver medal winner, returned to the pool for the 2019 Swimathon after switching from swimming to Para kayaking.

Fifty per cent of the money raised by individuals ­— who swim in 15-minute time slots — or groups will go to the charity of their choice and the remaining 50 per cent will go to the Rotary and Armchair clubs for the Mansfield Rotary Club Benevolent Fund and the Armchair Club Sports Foundation Trust.

The Swimathon will take place at the Water Meadows Swimming Complex, Mansfield, on Saturday, 10th October, from 5pm to 9pm.

Full details of how to enter, sponsor a swimmer or help out are at www.armchairclub.org/swimathon.

People are being urged to:
Swim as an individual
Swim as part of a team from their business
Swim as part of a family and friends team
Swim as part of a charity team
Sponsor a lane for £50
Sponsor one of the ‘pros — Rebecca Adlington, Elliot Clogg or Charlotte Henshaw.

Rebecca, who launched the Charity Swimathon 2020 at virtual breakfast meeting of Mansfield and Ashfield 2020, said: “I hope that you will be able to take part in some way. Why not come and join me at Water Meadows in October?”

The Armchair Club has now paid out more than £250,000 to help local sportspeople since it was formed in 1982.

A spokesman for the club and Mansfield Rotary Club added: “Please support our efforts to show the up and coming sports stars of the future that their community is behind them.”

Taken from the September 2020 edition of the News Journal