Swimathon Creates Big Splash

Exeter Friends by Tom Gilbert

A major success has been achieved by a local group, Exeter Friends of Hospiscare, as a fundraising event succeeded in raising over £10,000.

The event was their inaugural Swimathon which took place at Middlemoor Police HQ Swimming Pool on Saturday 19th March 2016.

David Burgoyne, the Exeter Friends of Hospiscare Treasurer, instigated the Swimathon. The Devon and Cornwall Police were only too happy to work with the fundraising group by providing their pool as well as lifeguards for the event.

20 teams of mixed ability swimmers took to the water, ranging from 7 to 82 in age with a fun time being had by all.

And there is even better news: once all Gift Aid money has been received, the morning event will have raised in excess of £10,000.

To celebrate the Swimathon success, representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police and team captains were invited to Searle House to join Exeter Friends of Hospiscare where Patrick Beasley, Chair of Trustees and Glynis Atherton Hospiscare, Chief Executive  congratulated everyone involved.

“We are delighted that the very first Hospiscare Swimathon has proven such a success,” Glynis Atherton has said. “We hope it will be the first of many Swinathons. A great time was had by everyone and we are especially happy with the impressive sum of money raised. Thanks to everyone who helped.”

Julia Wordley from Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed their support for next year’s Swimathon, the date of which will be announced soon. 

Hospiscare is a local charity, providing free, high quality care and support to people with a progressive life-limiting illness, and those close to them in Exeter, East and Mid Devon.

Photo courtesy of Tom Gilbert.