In at the deep end for Rotary charity event

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What better way to put winter behind you and gear up for spring than to throw yourself in at the deep end?

That’s what 336 swimmers did at Stantonbury Pool, raising about £25,000 for charity.

Milton Keynes Rotary has been running its annual Swimathon since Sir John Southby introduced it in 1994 as a fun way to help the community.

This year’s event was the best supported ever, with 56 teams helping raise funds for Willen Hospice, MK Hospital, Royal British Legion, Supershoes, Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Age UK, Dogs for Good and other Rotary International charities.

The 34 swimmers from the Disabled Swimming Club boosted funds by £3,000, helped by Mayor of Newport Pagnell Phil Winsor’s team.

Sol Services’s team powered through 202 lengths in 55 minutes, taking the trophy for the most lengths, and Oakgrove won the schools trophy.

Swimathon chairman Tony Milhofer said: “This was a magnificent effort again and many thanks to everyone who made it such a great success.”