Making A Splash!

Enthusiastic swimmers representing our disability community swam their hearts out at the assisted Rotary MK Swimathon this weekend. 

The event took place at Newport Pagnells’ Middleton pool on Saturday.  

 “Everyone was so enthusiastic. They really seemed to enjoy themselves,” said Bert McDonald, who helps organize the Rotary MK Assisted Swimathon. 

Saturday’s event marked the second stage of this annual swimathon, which raises thousands of pounds for up to ten nominated charities each year. The first stage took place on 18 February at Wolverton Pool. 

Katie James, who swam with the MK SNAP team, supporting people with learning disabilities and, is one of this year’s chosen charity’s added: “We really swam our hearts out and had such a great time.” 

Photo spread includes members of the MK SNAP team: James , Ben , Fox and Debbie and Stuart .  

This year’s ten chosen charities are Camphill, Harry’s Rainbow, MK Citizens Advice Bureau, MK Community Cardio-pulmonary Group, MK Safety Centre, MK SNAP (Special Needs Advancement Project), PSP Association (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), Q:Alliance and Willen Hospice. 

In total over 50 teams of six, swimming on a relay basis for 55 minutes, have taken part in this year’s two swimathons. 

To date the total raised this year is over £14,000 with gift aid. 

Since it began in 1994, the Rotary MK Swimathon has raised over half a million pounds for local charities. 

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Three male swimmers, learners at MK SNAP, are in the water of a swimming pool and giving a 'thumbs up'