Make a splash for charity in Lions sponsored swim

Richard Pacey with a certificate to say he completed Spalding Lions sponsored swim. ANL-141109-142806001
Richard Pacey with a certificate to say he completed Spalding Lions sponsored swim. ANL-141109-142806001
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Spalding Lions are roaring into action with a big fundraiser so people can raise money for their own good causes as well as make a contribution to the club’s charities.

This year’s sponsored swim will be held at The Castle Sports Complex, in Albion Street, Spalding, on Tuesday, October 7 and anyone who takes part will donate half of their sponsorship money to their own favourite cause – and the other half to the Lions.

The Lions are now inviting everyone to sign up some sponsors and make a splash by swimming a distance of their own choice.

Lions president Richard Briers said: “Having held this event for several years, it always gives me great pleasure to see so many of the various communities of Spalding come together.

“It is always heart warming to see what others will do to help their clubs and organisations.

“We like to think that we offer an opportunity in helping people to help themselves.”

Sponsorship forms are now available from Inkley’s Menswear, in The Crescent, Spalding, or from any member of Spalding Lions.

The swim began in the 1980s and was founded by Lions Colin Turnbull, David Marshall and Gerry Tann with help from Spalding Amateur Swimming Club, who donated one of their training evenings.

It has run every year since – apart from a small gap of three or four years – and the Lions would like to see the event return to its heyday when more than 100 swimmers took part.

Lions vice president Jean Biggadike said the swim is fully supervised by lifeguards and swimmers can go at their own pace.