Milton Keynes Conservatives make a splash for Leo’s Appeal

HONOURABLE MEMBERS: Tim Jenkins, Alex Walker, Tom Flaherty, deputy mayor Keith McLean and Iain Stewart MP.
HONOURABLE MEMBERS: Tim Jenkins, Alex Walker, Tom Flaherty, deputy mayor Keith McLean and Iain Stewart MP.

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart led the Honourable Members team out at Saturday’s Rotary Swimathon helping to raise money for city charities.

Mr Stewart was joined by fellow Conservatives, including MK’s deputy mayor Councillor Keith Mclean. The team managed to clock up 143 lengths and raise £250 for MK Hospital’s charity Leo’s Appeal.

The Rotary Club of Milton Keynes organises the Swimathon every year and since its inception in 1994 the event has raised over £450,000.

Mr Stewart said: “I have done this a few times now and I have great fun every year.

“It was brilliant to be joined by some colleagues this year for the first time and hopefully we can keep the team together and enter the Honourable Members next year as well.

“I look forward to seeing how much was raised. There are some fantastic charities that benefit including Leo’s appeal. A very well done to Milton Keynes rotary for another great swimathon!”

Milton Keynes Hospital cheer on their teams swimming for Leo's Appeal.

Milton Keynes Hospital cheer on their teams swimming for Leo's Appeal.

There were two other teams swimming for Leo’s Appeal, X-Ray Sharks and the Research Rebels, who had hospital staff taking the plunge for their charity.

The money raised from the swimathon is going to be put towards a chair bed for the children’s wards, which will enable parents to stay overnight with their child more comfortably.

A MK hospital spokesman said: “We were absolutely delighted that Leo’s Appeal was chosen as one of the recipient charities this year.

“We were really pleased to have support from Iain Stewart MP and his team, the Honourable Members.

“A very well done to Milton Keynes rotary for another great swimathon.”

Iain Stewart MP

“The swimathon is always great fun and we attended the event on Saturday to show our support for all of our swimmers. “We are really proud of them all – everybody worked so hard and swam a fantastic number of lengths to raise money for our children’s wards.”