Islanders have once again dug deep to support Jersey’s longest running charity event, and helped raise an amazing £110,219 at the 2013 Lions Club of Jersey Swimarathon.

In celebration of the Lions Club of Jersey’s golden anniversary, 50 percent of the Swimarathon proceeds will directly benefit 50 local charities. The remaining 50 percent will go towards supporting the local community throughout the year.

Andrew Pearce, President of the Lions Club of Jersey, said: 'As we mark our 50th year on the Island, The Lions Club of Jersey is delighted with this fantastic sum raised, which will support a diverse range of organisations, trusts and projects that seek to improve the quality of life for people living in Jersey.

‘The Swimarathon is a very important event for our Club. We are aware of how difficult it is for local charities, particularly the smaller ones in these hard economic times. We would like to thank the public for their continued generosity, and for giving these worthwhile initiatives a significant boost.’

Charitable groups as diverse as youth clubs, health associations and an animal charity are just some examples of this year's beneficiaries. Thanks to over 400 teams of more than 3,500 swimmers that took part this year.

Stuart Rutledge, CEO, RBC Wealth Management – British Isles and Caribbean said: ‘Despite all the snow, this year’s event was once again a great success. It was inspiring to see so many Islanders come out in force for this common cause, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking part for the first time with Team RBC.’

Each year, RBC Wealth Management gives an additional boost to the total funds raised by Islanders with a donation for every lap swum. ‘RBC Wealth Management has sponsored the event for seven years now and their support, both through the donations and tireless enthusiasm of their staff, is invaluable to us,’ added Lion Andrew.

The Swimarathon took place at the Les Quennevais Leisure Centre from 13 to 17 March. Since the first Swimarathon in 1972, the event has raised nearly £3.6 million for local charities.