The Lions Club, organisers of Jersey’s longest running charity event, which took place between 12–16 March this year at Les Quennevais Sports Centre, selected children’s charities as the main beneficiaries of the Swimarathon funds. Oakwell Children’s Respite Centre was the principle beneficiary receiving £25,000, with 25 other charities, , each receiving a cheque for £1,000. During the ceremony, which was attended by the Lions’ District Governor Lion David Merchant, trophies were also awarded to the school and family teams that raised the most funds per head. These were won by Samarès School and The Lightning Dolphins, aka the Smith family and children, respectively.President of the Lions Club of Jersey, Lion Chris Clarke said: “We were delighted that the public response to the Swimarathon was once again such that we were able to support as many children’s charities as we did and seeing so many people at the awards ceremony brought home just how much positive impact all the swimming and fundraising has for the Jersey community.”
One of the beneficiaries, The Donna Annand Melanoma Charity, intends to use the £1,000 to assist with the funding of their sun awareness programme which is being rolled out in local secondary schools, and to support the running of their free drop in mole clinics. Commenting on the award Louisa McInnes, Chairman, said: ‘Our charity was set up in memory of Donna Annand following her death from Stage IV malignant melanoma in February 2011. Donna's wish was that this disease be highlighted to increase people's knowledge of the dangers of the sun. This kind donation will assist in our objective to get the prevention message into Jersey schools whilst also supporting our clinics.
Chris Blampied, Head of Banking, RBC Wealth Management, long-term sponsors of the Swimarathon said: ‘The decision to support children’s charities this year struck a chord with us all, and it is moving to hear about the range of initiatives that these funds are going towards. We are proud to continue our support for this important event and the good work of the Lions Club of Jersey.’