Five local charities, that all provide support services for the Island’s youth, have been announced as the beneficiaries of next year’s Swimarathon. Brighter Futures, Brig-Y-Don Children’s Charity, Brook Jersey, Every Child Our Future and Jersey Association for Youth & Friendship will share half of the moneys raised.

The five day event, which takes place each March at Les Quennevais Pool, is the Island’s longest running charity fundraising event. Lion Andrew Quinn, president of the Lions Club of Jersey said, ‘This year it was a unanimous decision to focus the Swimarathon on local charities which help young people. The selected organisations offer everything from educational parenting programmes for families and individuals, life-enhancing experiences for those in care, one-on-one reading support for primary school pupils and hostel accommodation for young adults. A great set of charities for 2017, in what will be the 100th year anniversary of the formation of Lions Clubs International, although we haven’t reached that milestone in Jersey quite yet!’

Other moneys raised by the Swimarathon will provide respite holidays for local people, support for Pathways, a new youth movement with a membership of more than 150 youngsters, and a range of community services in the Island. Tim Houghton, Head of Client Experience & Channel Strategy at RBC Wealth Management said: ‘We celebrated our 10th year of sponsoring the Swimarathon this year and received fantastic support raising a brilliant sum of around £138,000. We’ll be looking to do it all over again next year. I’ve swum as part of an RBC team for the last five years and my own children are some of the approximate 2,000 young people who take the plunge. It’s lovely that a community event supported by so many of the Island’s children will, next year, benefit young islanders. I hope as many people as possible will join my RBC colleagues and me in ‘going great lengths for Jersey youth.’