02:29AM, Monday 13 January 2014
Swimmers and horse riders who helped raise more than £45,000 for charity were recognised at an awards evening in Windsor.
Swimmers and horse riders who helped raise more than £45,000 for charity were recognised at an awards evening at Windsor Guildhall.
The event on Friday was held to highlight contributions which individuals and teams made to the Lions Club of Windsor's two flagship fundraisers last year.
Held in Windsor Great Park in April, the club's Horse Ride raised £30,000.
The event has raised £1.7million for charity since it was first held 35 years ago.
In October 56 teams of swimmers competed in a Swimathon held at Windsor Leisure Centre.
Numerous organisations took part, including youth groups, schools and charities.
Amongst the swimmers that day was Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, who did 20 lengths.
He was joined by Paralympic heroine Sophie Christiansen in handing out the awards and cheques totalling £20,000 at the Guildhall.
All proceeds are then redistributed by the Lions to charities throughout the year.
Organisations to benefit from the cash include the Parapet Breast Unit at King Edward VII Hospital in Windsor.
Lion John Jenkins thanked all those who took part.
"We could not do this without the participants, all those people who took part in the Swimathon and raised money for their own charities, it was great that we have had so many," he said.
"It was a record turn out."
"Five hundred horse riders raised a huge amount of money which we were able to give to the local community."
Read more about the awards in this week's Express.
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