Thursday, May 4, 2017

Glenrothes ASC give Macmillan a Boost

Swimmers from Glenrothes ASC pulled out all the stops to complete a recent Charity Swim Challenge. What started out as an idea to raise funds for the club soon grew into something much bigger. Club President, Fiona Bradford works as a pharmacist for Boots UK and explored how the club could get involved in helping to raise money for Boots charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support. The idea of a Charity Swim Challenge then evolved with the support of one of Macmillan’s corporate partnership officers, Kinga Kun. Charity t-shirts were donated to be given as a thank you to swimmers who raised £10 or more, and it was agreed that half the money raised would go the swimming club and the other half to Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan hoped the club would raise £500, with the opportunity of Boots UK matching this amount through their “Make The Difference Fund” so the charity would benefit by £1000 in total.

The club coaches wanted the event to be open to all, and so set various levels of challenges. Swimmers as young as 6 years old took part, working hard to complete 20 x 20m in 20 minutes, which was a huge achievement for these youngsters. The next group tackled 25 x 25m in 25 minutes, and the senior swimmers took on the 50 x 50m in 50 minutes. The challenges were completed on Wednesday 22nd March, at Michael Woods Leisure Centre by around 90 swimmers and coaches. Despite the challenges stretching the swimmers there was a great team atmosphere at the pool, and spectators and swimmers enjoyed the night.

A recent facebook post on the clubs page revealed that the total raised had exceeded the original target, the post said,

“Thank you to all our swimmers who completed our charity swim. I received the money last night and am completely blown away by your amazing effort. The total raised was £4630. With half going to our chosen charity of Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK donating £500, we will be contributing £2815 to this great cancer charity. I am so thrilled as Macmillan set us a target of raising £1000 and you have exceeded this by a mile! Thank you to each and every one of you who completed your challenge, from the youngest swimmers who did 20 x 20m in 20 mins, right the way up to the senior swimmers who rose to the challenge of 50 x 50m in 50 mins. Big thanks also to the swimmers' family and friends as without your fundraising support this whole venture would never have been as successful”.

Cancer sadly is a disease that affects many families. Fiona’s own mum died back in 1990, aged just 36 which is why she really appreciates the fundraising support of the GASC members. Caitlin McIntyre (9), also tragically lost her mum, Julie, to cancer in 2009, and every year takes on a challenge to fundraise for a cancer charity. Caitlin’s family and friends gave their full support to help her raise a phenomenal £460, making her the clubs top fundraiser. As a thank Caitlin received a family pass kindly donated by The Scottish Deer Centre and an Easter basket of goodies. Special mention also to Elle Gibson and Logan/Darcie Ward who completed the Top 3 fundraisers.