Make a splash for cash: Purley Swimathon back for 33rd year

The Purley Swimathon will be diving head-first into another charity fund-raising venture next March, when teams of swimmers set off to help boost charities’ cash reserves.

The Purley Swimathon will go to any lengths to raise money for charity

Since 1988, the Purley Swimathon – organised by Purley Rotary – has helped to raise more than £500,000 for local charities and organisations. The 2020 Purley Swimathon will be held at Purley Leisure Centre on Saturdays March 7 and 14.

Teams of up to 10 swimmers have the opportunity to raise money for their favourite local charity or organisation.

Teams swim for a total of 55 minutes, with each team member swimming a length in turn (relay style). Over the two Saturdays, more than 40 teams take part.

The teams select their own charity or organisation to receive 60 per cent of the sponsorship money raised by their swimmers. The remaining 40 per cent goes to charities selected by Purley Rotary.

In 2020, these will include MIND in Croydon and the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation.

“Purley Swimathon, in its 33rd year, is a simple way for a group to raise money for a charity or organisation without having to organise an event of their own,” Tony Farrell, the co-ordinator, said.

“Swimmers aged from eight to 80-plus can take part and invite family and friends to join their team.”

For full details of how to enter a team, visit the Purley Rotary website at

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