Worthing Mayor Cllr Charles James’ appeal for school children to sign up to the Rowland Gibson Charity Swim 2013 has a good response. Almost 100 children from schools across Worthing committed themselves as at today.
The Mayor is almost daily visiting schools throughout the Borough to make the customary appeal to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities. West Park CE First & Middle schools top the list with 19 entrants. They also had the highest entry in 2012.
Trudi Starling organised the first Mayor’s charity swim in 1995 while an instructor at the Aquarena. Unfortunately Trudi suffered a car accident in the late 1990s and one of her adult pupils Rowland Gibson volunteered to take a greater part in the organisation. Rowland was severely epileptic but in spite of his illness excelled in his chosen task with an ambition to raise £100,000.
Before his sudden death in 2010 aged 48 Rowland raised more than £70,000. Trudi promised Rowland’s family she would do her best to reach his target. At his funeral Ann Sayers (then Mayor) announced the swim would in future be known as the Rowland Gibson Charity Swim.
Several local businesses and individuals have contributed silver cups, shields and plates which the Mayor awards for, among others, the school that raises the most money, the individual who raises the most money and the most supportive member of staff.
The 19th Rowland Gibson Charity Swim takes place this year at the Aquarena on March 23rd at 5 pm.
Trudi needs volunteers to count lengths on the night. If you can help Trudi please call her on 07721 414239 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org