The Rotary Club of Milton Keynes organises a Swimathon each year and, since its inception in 1984, the event has raised over Half a Million Pounds.
The 2108 Swimathon committee is chaired by Dave Gillow. Committee Members are Bill Blyth, Jill Moss, Derek Eastman, Carol Barker, Keila Calver and Jim Huggan, plus Sheila McDonald and Jackie Starkey (from The Disabled Swimming Club).
A selection of local Milton Keynes charities are agreed each year with special emphasis on the funds that we donate being used for something special that is needed and not simply running expenses.
Selected charities enter swimming teams and provide help on the day.
The next event will be held on Saturday 10th March 2018 at the Stantonbury Leisure Centre in Milton Keynes when teams of up to six swimmers will swim on a relay basis for 55 minutes.
No special swimming ability is needed but everyone taking part must be able to swim a full 33 metre length pool totally unaided.
Children of any age are welcome but they must have parental permission. Everyone taking part is encouraged to seek sponsorship for their team.
There is also a special event for Disabled Swimmers which takes place on 3rd March 2018 at the Middleton Pool in Newport Pagnell.
Dave Gillow – Swimathon Chair
To obtain further information please fill the form below.
Swimathon 2018 Forms
The forms needed for the 2018 Swimathon are shown here:
Provisional entries for the Main Event can be made using the Provisional Request form. A full team entry form will be sent to confirm the team booking.
Our 2018 Charities
Willen Hospice is a registered charity that provides specialist care for people whose illness no longer responds to curative treatment. The money raised as part of the Swimathon would go towards supporting their Wellbeing Centre
Ride High (The Mayor’s charity)
Ride High exists to transform the lives of the most disadvantaged and isolated children in Milton Keynes by providing horse riding experiences. They will use our donation to provide special Ride High visits and experiences to vulnerable children in Milton Keynes.
The Daniel Estick Trust
The aim of this Trust is to relieve the suffering and emotional distress amongst parents and families who have experienced the loss of a baby through stillbirth or neonatal death, in particular but not exclusively by the provision of memory boxes. Many families do not fall under the care of a hospice or the bereavement services of Milton Keynes Hospital and do not receive the opportunity to have a box. Our donation would fund a dedicated project that will work with local schools, funeral directors and other MK based charities to identify these families.
MK Safety Centre (Hazard Alley)
This charity aims to benefit the public by education of children and adults regarding everyday hazards to personal safety. In the past funds were allocated to the Centre to cover the cost of school visits. Now these funds are given to the schools who now do not necessarily allocate these to visiting the Centre. The Centre now aims to find new sources of money to fill the gap created by the reduction in schools income. This will require ‘seed corn’ funds for setting up marketing campaigns which it is hoped will lead to the generation of long term sources of income.
This community arts charity has been bringing arts to life in Milton Keynes for over 40 years. Their programme helps participants to develop creative, personal and social skills. Our donation will enable Inter-Action to train, mentor and manage three young ‘Producers’ who will be supported to project manage dozens of the Fringe programme events.
Milton Keynes Bereavement Service
This charity helps to relieve the emotional, spiritual and physical distress of persons suffering from bereavement. The donation will be used for ongoing training (continuous professional development) for their bereavement support volunteers, and for new recruits.
MK Food Bank
Their objective is that no child or adult should go to bed hungry in Milton Keynes. Children who are on free school meals suffer significantly during the school holidays. MK Food Bank collect together contents for each ‘lunch box’ which are given out twice a week to these specially identified families in a friendly, central community centre on a bus route and easy to find.
Newport Pagnell and District Youth Club
The objects of the charity are helping and educating boys and girls in Newport Pagnell and the surrounding district through their leisure-time activities. The donation will be used to engage artists (and to provide materials) to work with the young people to complete an artwork project that will be displayed permanently within the Youth Club.
West Bletchley Counselling Service
This charity provides counselling free to West Bletchley residents for a variety of issues and provides low cost/subsidised counselling for the rest of MK. They would use the donation to offer a counselling assessment of need and up to 6 sessions of on-going help and support for client over 60 and/or those facing difficult issues, as outlined above, associated with getting older.