Rotary calls on teams to suit up for Swimathon

Sidmouth Rotarians Nigel Sharp, Keith Walton and Steve Gunnell are appealing for teams to take part

Sidmouth Rotarians Nigel Sharp, Keith Walton and Steve Gunnell are appealing for teams to take part in this year's the Rotary Swimathon which will take place on Saturday October 8. Ref shs 30-16SH 3491. Picture: Simon Horn. - Credit: Archant

The Rotary Club of Sidmouth is hoping swimmers will make a big splash in October for a trio of Sid Valley causes.

Sidmouth Town Band, the Admiral Nurse Campaign and Sidmouth Hospiscare have been named as beneficiaries for the Swimathon, in a new format to raise more money for local projects.

The idea to split the money three ways is a first for the club and was thought up by organiser Nigel Sharp, who is returning to lead the event he started almost a decade ago.

Since its launch, the Swimathon has raised almost £80,000 for causes in the town.

He said: “The support is fantastic. The aim is to raise money for good local causes.

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“Some £80,000 has gone into charities in the town – that is serious money.”

Representatives from the chosen charities have expressed gratitude to the club, following the announcement last Friday.

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Martin Cordy, chairman of Sidmouth Town Band, said: “The money raised by those taking part will be invaluable as the band progresses towards its new rehearsal premises.”

Mr Sharp hopes supporters of the chosen charities will be encouraged to sign up, bringing in new teams to join the event. Last year, the club presented a record-breaking £10,767 to the Sid Valley Memory Café for its Admiral Nurse Campaign.

Rotary president Keith Watson added: “ I think it will be a great year; it’s about people from the community raising money for the community.”

Organisations and businesses are encouraged to sign up for the event on Saturday, October 8, at Sidmouth Swimming Pool. Teams will have one hour between 4pm and 9pm to swim as many lengths as possible.

To sign up, email Nigel Sharp on or call 01395 513168.

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