23rd August 2019

Taunton Soroptimist Swimathon is back this February 23rd and 24th!

Taunton School are hosting the Taunton Soroptimist Swimathon 2019 at the Preparatory School swimming pool on the 23rd and 24th February 2019! Why not have a go at one of the most successful fund raising events in the south west which only takes an hour out of your weekend.

It costs £10 per team to enter. You only need to be able to swim 50 metres as teams of 6 swim in relay fashion for 53 minutes in a stroke of their choice – crawl, breast stroke or doggie paddle will do!

You must be aged 8 to enter but there is no upper age limit!

Every swimmer gets a medal, and there are a number of trophies to be won for teams raising the most sponsorship money, swimming the most lengths or the best fancy dress in “Team with a Theme”.

The Taunton Soroptimist Swimathon are again sponsoring St Margaret’s Hospice – the money they receive will again be used towards sponsoring one of their specialist Community Nurses.    

They are also sponsoring Somerset Sight in their Centenary Year.  Started after the First World War to help soldiers returning home who were visually impaired and blinded during their war service this local charity has been helping visually impaired people ever since.  They plan to use the money towards work to combat the social isolation that visual impairment brings (they run a number of different activity groups for adults) and also to finance a new group they are starting to support parents and carers of children with visual impairment.   

The 3rd charity this year is the local Taunton Citizens Advice.  They will be using the money to support their Litigants in Person project.  There have been big cuts in the legal aid service. This means many defendants are having to defend themselves as they are not entitled to legal aid and cannot afford to instruct a Solicitor. In addition to the issue of cost some would find the process unbearable without some support (e.g in the case of abuse survivors they might even have to cross examine the perpetrator). This project will help people through the Court process and speak for them in Court if need be.  They also plan to recruit some pro-bono solicitors.  In addition since Citizens Advice asked for money for this project their Local Authority funding has been cut so they are in even more need of assistance from the Swimathon.    

To receive an entry form:

Tel: 01823 423187
or download a form from their website: www.sigbi.org/taunton/soroptimist-swimathon