200 swim for Worthing Mayor’s Charities

200 swim for Worthing Mayor’s Charities


About 200 pupils from Worthing Schools took part on Saturday (March 22nd) in the first Rowland Gibson Charity Swim event at the new Splashpoint pool.   They swam to raise money for the Worthing Mayor’s charities.

Worthing Mayor Bob Smytherman said: “Thanks to everyone who took part in the 20th Mayor’s Charity swim and the first in Splashpoint. The event was a massive success and I would like to personally thank all the volunteers and sponsors for their support and hard work.

I now look forward to the Oakgrove event on April 2nd for those young people unable to cope with the Splashpoint event and sharing the proceeds with Worthing Kids and Dapper Snappers and my own three charities.”

Organiser Trudi Starling advised the amount raised would not be known until the closing date for payment which is not until the end of April.  Trudi said about 50 helpers took part.

The event is named in memory of Rowland Gibson who tirelessly worked for the annual charity swim raising more than £70,000 before his sudden death aged 48 in 2010. Trudi promised Rowland’s family she would do her best to fulfil his ambition to reach a target of £100,000. The target was achieved last year.

The Mayor’s charities are Guild Care, Mind and the Alzheimers Society.

Details of the Oakgrove College  event are here:  https://worthingdaily.co.uk/news/swim-say-wkds-mayors-charities/