Lions’ presentation goes swimmingly

The teams from this year's Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions' Swimarathon with cheques for the recipients. Photo: Adrian Patrick
The teams from this year's Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions' Swimarathon with cheques for the recipients. Photo: Adrian Patrick

This year’s entrants in the annual Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions’ Swimarathon have handed over their cheques to good causes after a bumper year.

There were more teams in March’s event, held at Fleetwood YMCA pool, than in recent efforts and the total raised - around £3,500 - was also larger as well.

The teams from this year's Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions' Swimarathon with cheques for the recipients. Photo: Adrian Patrick

The teams from this year's Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions' Swimarathon with cheques for the recipients. Photo: Adrian Patrick

Organisers say it is all down to new rules brought in for this year, which allowed teams to donate half their sponsor money to a good cause of their choice, with the rest going to the main principal charity.

Stuart Gratrix, one of the main coordinators of the swimarathon, said after the Fleetwood Bowling Club presentation; “We brought in changes this year and we had more people taking part in the swim and more money raised. Our principal cause, Life After Stroke, did well too, with £1,500 raised, so it was a win-win.”

The RSPCA team raised £264.50, with half going to their pet charity RSPCA Fylde (£132.25); Return of the Mc raised £150, £75 going to Fleetwood Swimming Club; Great Arley School raised £451 - £225 going to the school;

Rolling Scones Women’s Institute raised £325, with £162.25 going to Women’s Institute Fleetwood; Fleetwood Taekwondo raised £335.50, with £167.25 going to Fleetwood Taekwondo; Homeless Hounds raised £458 with £229 going to the Homeless Hounds; 16th Fleetwood Scouts raised £166 - £83 going to the Scouts. Thornton Cleveleys Operatics raised £214 with all the money going to the Fleetwood Stroke Group; Fleetwood Town FC raised £223 cheque for £116.50 for Fleetwood Town Juniors; Delivering Ducks raised £264 for for it Pulmonary Hypertension Association; Team Hatherley raised £500, with all of it going to the Fleetwood Stroke Group; Fleetwood Air Cadets raised £197.20.