AROUND 13 swimmers turned out last month to take part in St Wilfrid’s Church, Selsey’s annual Swimathon.
The hard-working social and find raising committee decided to reach out into the community in Selsey and put together a team of swimmers to obtain sponsors and swim for a new boiler at St Wilfrid’s or for Selsey Community First Responders or 50/50.
The response was positive and the 13 swimmers of all age groups swam a grand total of 776 x25 metre lengths (around 12 miles) in just two and a half hours.
The team comprised St Wilfrid’s parishioners, friends and families, and supporters of Selsey Community First Responders.
Host for the event was, as usual, The Oasis at Bunn Leisure, West Sands, Selsey, who welcomed the team and generously allowed them to swim completely free, giving over three swimming lanes for the duration.
A group of scorers and supporters also turned up and each swimmer received a certificate stating the number of lengths completed.
The result of the event was in two parts.
First, there was a tremendous community spirit between everyone involved .
Secondly, £2,000 was raised with £1,230 going to Selsey First Responders and £670 to St Wilfrid’s Church Building Maintenance Fund.
St Wilfrid’s and Selsey Community First Responders wish to thank everyone involved in any way with this successful event.