07:31PM, Friday 30 January 2015
Charities and good causes in the area have been handed nearly £30,000 by the Lions Club of Windsor at its annual awards presentation evening.
The event took place at Windsor Guildhall on Friday, January 23 and was attended by local groups, families and friends.
The cash was raised by the Lions through its two big fundraising events of last year: the Swimathon, held in October at Windsor Leisure Centre in Stovell Road, and the Cross Country Horseride in Windsor Great Park in September.
During the presentation the top prize, the President's Cup, went to 10-year-old Mason Archer of Team Archer, who raised an impressive £5,300 in the Swimathon.
Other trophy and cup recipients included Jayne Hegley, for the horse rider raising the most sponsorship.
Prizes were handed out by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Richard Kellaway, accompanied by the Mayoress Mary-Lou Kellaway.
Charities which received donations included Windsor Mencap, based in Imperial Road, SportsAble in Braywick Road, Maidenhead and Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Bath Road, Taplow.
Lions club President Richard Vaughan said: "Our awards presentation evening last Friday went really well and we were delighted to host so many guests and to give away so much money to local charities and other needy causes.
"Both the Swimathon and the Cross Country Horseride last year raised substantial sums of money, the majority of which we were able to give away, making so much difference to the local community."
This year's Swimathon is due to take place on May 17, with the Cross Country Horseride set to follow on September 12 and 13.
The club is also holding a FunFest for children with disabilities and learning difficulties at Windsor Leisure Centre on March 1.
Visit www.windsorlions.co.uk for details.
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