Medals and cheques presented on Monday from the fundraising Swimarathon. Pictures: Ian Burt

Medals and cheques were presented on Monday to teams and charities following last month’s successful Priory Rotary Swimarathon.

The presentation was held at North Wootton Village Hall.

The Swimarathon took place at St James Pool in King’s Lynn and so far, has raised £12,500 which will  go towards 16 local charities.

West Norfolk Mayor Geoff Hipperson, assisted by Rotary president David Mills, presented medals to the teams which completed the most lengths and cheques to six charities represented at the Swimarathon.

Overall team winners were the Big Boys from West Norfolk Swimming Club, who notched up 314 lengths. Best charity was Mind, primary school winners was a Filipino team, secondary school winners were the King Edward VII Academy, best corporate team was the Queen Elizabeth Hospital ITU, Rotary team winners were the Golden Ducks in the Making and the best family team was The Powers.

The two headline charities, the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company and Waveney and Norfolk Mind for its work in West Norfolk, each received £3,000. 

The four charities with teams, West Norfolk Young Carers, Little Discoverers, Theresa’s Tiny Treasures and the Purfleet Trust, each received £1,000. 

Charities which received £250 each: Reach For a Star, Break, Home-Start, Embrace, Whizz-Kidz, Nelson’s Journey, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), Mr Bees, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and the Matthew Project.

Jonathan Holmes, Priory Rotary event organiser, said “Once again we are absolutely delighted and so grateful that the local community, both corporate businesses and individuals, has supported and sponsored this year’s Swimarathon. 

“This has ensured that once again we are able to support local charities with a focus on children and young people. 

“There is no doubt that the funds we have gained will make a massive difference to these charities in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.”

The pool has been booked for next year’s Swimarathon on February 6. 

Meanwhile, a new addition this year is the club’s Mini-Swimarathon at Greyfriars School on Friday March 27.

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