Rotary swimathon raises more than £3k for charity supporting young people

©Calyx Picture Agency Swindon Rotary present Inner Flame with the cheque from the swimathon

Proceeds of a charity swimming event were handed over to the Inner Flame Charity by representatives of the Rotary Club of Swindon North.

An impressive £3,130.63 cheque was handed over to David Wreathall, the founder and trustee of the Inner Flame charity by Ken Winslow of Rotary.

Mr Winslow explained: “We have run this event for the last four years or so. We had a great turnout. The idea is that we ask those taking part to complete as many lengths as they can and collect sponsorship money at the same time. Half of the money raised goes to a charity of their choice and the other half is shared with a range of charities decided on by the Rotary Club.”

Fundraisers raised £4546.30 this year for the Rotary Club, with the bulk of the money going towards the Inner Flame charity and smaller grants being allocated to Helen Douglas House, Swindon Dolphins ASC, Highworth ASC, Highworth Phoenix Diving Club and Freshbrook 2nd Brownies.

David Wreathall explained that cash donated to Inner Flame will be used to support the work of the charity with young people.

“We work with disadvantaged youngsters between the ages of 16 and 25 to overcome the barriers they may face in terms of realising their potential, self-development and accessing work.

The charity supports youngsters through a range of courses, from the 12-week Prince’s Trust team programme to the Get On Track course where world-class athletes work with the youngsters to support those looking for work opportunities in the world of sport.