All ten beneficiaries of this year’s Lions Club of Jersey Swimarathon were recently presented with their cheques at a ceremony held at Jersey College for Girls.

With just over £138,000 raised from the Island’s longest running fundraising event, the charities that support islanders living with either mental health issues or changes brought about by a brain related accident or illness, each received a cheque for £6,905.50, representing 50% of the monies raised. The remainder will be distributed by the Lions Club of Jersey throughout the year to varied other local good causes.

Jersey is home to a number of mental health charities, all with their own areas of specialism. David Walters from Headway, which offers support to up to 150 islanders a year living with a brain injury said: ‘We were extremely delighted to have been nominated as a chosen beneficiary for this year's Swimarathon, courtesy of The Lions Club of Jersey and their sponsors RBC Wealth Management.

‘The proceeds will be used to continue work with our members, who have suffered a brain injury, especially our recently introduced and successful weekly Art, Music and Cognitive Rehabilitation sessions together with our increased swimming groups who now attend on Monday and Wednesday each week.’  

Ian Barette, President of the Lions Club of Jersey said: ‘We managed to raise a significant amount for the Swimarathon this year, which is brilliant news for all the beneficiaries. It is pleasing to know that all the hard work by those of us who organise the event and the dedication and enthusiasm of those who take part, will be making a real difference to the Island’s mental health charities.’

Chris Blampied, Head of Banking at RBC Wealth Management who took part in the Swimarathon himself, added: ‘It’s been another fantastic year for the Swimarathon in this, our 10th year of sponsoring the event. We are always overwhelmed by how generous the people of Jersey are in their donations and how many dive in for a   good cause. This year we had a record number of teams take to the water and we are delighted in our anniversary year to support these ten deserving charities. ’