In the swim at charity car wash for Two Lips

Swimmers and bankers put some cash in the coffers for Spalding Rotary's Two Lips drive. SG130413-118NG
Swimmers and bankers put some cash in the coffers for Spalding Rotary's Two Lips drive. SG130413-118NG
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Swimmers tried to stay dry on Saturday as they aimed jet washers at a big parade of cars to raise cash for Spalding Rotary Club’s Two Lips fundraising campaign.

Members of South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club were joined by volunteers from Spalding’s NatWest Bank and washed more than 85 cars to raise a little over £300.

The club is one of the four good causes to benefit from this year’s Spalding Rotary Club Two Lips campaign, which has an official fundraising week soon from May 11-18.

Based in Spalding and founded in 1977, South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club has trained champions, including Melanie Marshall – the most decorated ever woman athlete at a Commonwealth Games and a double Olympian.

Swimmers like Melanie, who remains an honorary member, are an inspiration for the club’s 135 members whose ages range from four to 19.

Acting chairman Jacqui Templer said the club has a couple of adult swimmers too and a national swimmer, Chloe Hannam.

Mrs Templer said the club is delighted to be one of Rotary’s good causes and will spend any money donated on things like lane ropes and land training equipment to help swimmers build up their core muscle strength.

The club has just invested some cash in new racing blocks for competition.

Mrs Templer said the car wash went really well and the club was grateful for the support from its committee member Sue Gowing, the NatWest manager who brought along a team of her staff to wash cars and support Two Lips.

She said: “We were really busy all day – we worked it out and we washed about 14 cars an hour.”

The car washers were cheered on by The Rotary Club of Spalding’s president, Andy Prior, who dropped in to wish them well.

Boots The Chemist, in Hall Place, Spalding, has an in-store cycle ride this weekend with every penny raised going to Two Lips.

l The highlight of the Two Lips week is a black tie ball on May 18 at The Castle Sports Complex, which will feature the UK’s most celebrated Abba tribute band. There’s a big auction on the night too with lots including a family holiday donated by Broadgate Builders, and dinner for ten donated by The Woodlands Hotel, Spalding. Tickets £35 from 01775 720607.