20 June 2013 His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, General Sir John McColl, and Lady McColl, hosted a reception at Government House on the Tuesday 18 June to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lions Club of Jersey, and to present cheques to the beneficiaries of the 2013 Swimarathon.

Representatives from each of the 50 chosen charities were invited to the event in Government House Gardens. In addition to the donation given by His Excellency, a special presentation was made to Peter Henwood who recently retired, at the age of 80, from his role as a minibus bus driver for Maison des Landes Hotel – the hotel for the disabled established by the  Lions Club of Jersey since the 1960s.

President of Lions Club Jersey, Lion Andrew Pearce said: ‘This has been a very appropriate way for the Lions Club of Jersey to celebrate our 50th anniversary and we thank His Excellency and Lady McColl for hosting the event. We are proud to be able to pass on these funds to so many of the Island’s worthy and inspiring causes, and assist them with their work in the community.’           

Also in attendance at the event were Lions Club of Jersey Vice-president Lion Chris Clarke; the District Governor of District 105D (of which the Lions Club of Jersey is a member Club) Lion Roger Munday; Liz Le Poidevin, Chairman of the Association of Jersey Charities and Chris Blampied, Head of Banking, RBC Wealth Management – British Isles and Caribbean.

Commenting on the 2013 Swimarathon Chris Blampied said: ‘The Lions Club of Jersey play an important role in serving the local community and we congratulate them in their 50th year. RBC is proud to work in active partnership with the Lions Club and to have sponsored the Jersey Swimarathon since 2007. In this commemorative year, we are delighted that so many Jersey charities will benefit.’

The 2013 Swimarathon took place in March at Les Quennevais Sports Centre. Almost 3,500 swimmers took part and dug deep to raise an amazing £110,219 resulting in the Swimarathon raising over £3 million since its inception in 1972. In celebration of the Lions Club of Jersey’s golden anniversary, 50 per cent of the Swimarathon proceeds have benefitted 50 local charities. The remaining 50 per cent will go towards supporting other worthwhile causes throughout the year.