Just over £2,000 was presented to each of the charities, which had been chosen because of their work supporting Islanders with disabilities. The Jersey Branch of the Jubilee Sailing Trust was one of the beneficiaries and its Chairman Tom Hill said: ‘We are very grateful for the generous donation from the Swimarathon. Our charity runs the only two tall ships built especially to be crewed by people with disabilities working alongside those without disabilities.‘These two tall ships have transformed the lives of many people and the support of the Swimarathon will help Channel Islanders participate in a programme that could have a profound impact on their lives.’
John Le Maistre, President of the Lions Club of Jersey said: ‘The Swimarathon is Jersey’s longest running charity event and Islanders are always so generous with their support of it. This has enabled us to raise an amazing £133,087 this year, which we are thrilled will make a real difference to the disability charities we are supporting. Additionally, we have also used some of the funds raised to support those requiring respite holidays, as well as support general community service projects. Finally, 25% of the amount raised has also been donated to the Channel Islands Air Search, helping with their purchase of a new search and rescue aircraft.’
During the presentation ceremony, the Lions Club also donated £4,000 to the Jersey Swimming Club, to mark their 150th anniversary and their on-going support of the Swimarathon.
RBC Wealth Management is the long term sponsor of the event and Chris Blampied, Head of Banking, said: ‘The Lions Club Swimarathon is a well-supported event that has raised over £3.2 million to date. It is always a pleasure after the big swim to distribute the funds to charities that make a real difference to the people of Jersey. Next year will mark our 10th anniversary of our involvement with Swimarathon and we hope it will be a bumper year of raising yet more money for those in our community that need help.’