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Swim, swim swim to help support carers

Swim, swim swim to help support carers

Sunday 14 January 2018

Swim, swim swim to help support carers

There's still time for individuals, families, school groups and companies to sign up for the 2018 Lions Club of Jersey Swimarathon and help support the work of the community’s carers.

The funds raised from this year’s Swimarathon, which will take place between 14 and 18 March at Les Quennevais Leisure Centre, will benefit five island-based charities: the Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, Headway Jersey, the Jersey Association of Carers, Jersey Child Care Trust and MIND Jersey.

All five charities work to provide individuals and families who find themselves in the need of medical assistance with professionally trained carers who, in many cases, offer daily support to both the patients and their families.

Tim Houghton, Managing Director of Market Partnerships at RBC Wealth Management, said that the firm were "pleased to be working with these five charities in order to help guarantee the ongoing support of carers, both young and old, across the Channel Islands."

"With so many of the carers balancing education with their family responsibilities, the focus of the fundraising will be on ensuring that both they and their relations receive the care and support they need, simultaneously reinforcing RBC’s ongoing commitment to the development of opportunities for young islanders," he commented.

As with previous years, the 2018 Swimarathon will feature the RBC Corporate Cup Challenge, which is awarded to the corporate team that swims the most laps during its 55-minute slot. 

Swimarathon RBC Challenge

Pictured: Jersey Customs and Immigration Team have won the RBC Corporate Cup Challenge for the past five years.

The Cup has been won by the Jersey Customs and Immigration Team for the past five consecutive years. Mr Houghton commented: “It’s a great achievement for the Customs & Immigration team, and testament to their commitment to charitable work on the island. We’re hoping that more corporate teams will sign up this year – a challenge which I am sure will be welcomed by the reigning champions.”

Ian Barette, President of the Lions Club of Jersey, said: “The work of the island’s carers is vital for the wellbeing and livelihoods of those in need. We’re thrilled that the money raised through the Swimarathon will, in turn, help to provide support to those carers, and we hope as many islanders as possible sign up to help support their great work.” 

Last year, the Swimarathon helped raised a record-breaking £130,141.

Islanders can sign up before 1 February by emailing They can also sponsor a swimmer or donate online.

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