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We are a community of more than 70 adults with learning disabilities and autism, based predominantly in Willen Park and Pennyland. They engage in meaningful activities through our on-site theatre, bakery, weavery, pottery, vegetarian café and other workshops. With high demand for supported independent living for more people, Camphill MK has started a multi-million-pound building programme to expand our accommodation. The Swimathon funds will support a new accessible house for 6 people at Willen Park called The Lantern, which will break ground in spring 2024.
MK Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and has helped over 450,000 people to solve 2½ million problems since it was founded in 1972. This year, it is taking part in the Swimathon to raise funds to cover the costs of a sessional worker who will provide advice and guidance to Milton Keynes people with sensory loss. This project will be able to support hundreds of local people who are hearing or sight impaired, to find a way forward with complex and serious financial, legal and personal problems.
Henry Allen Trust
The Trust was founded in memory of Henry Allen, who lost his battle with cancer in October 2013. We aim to bring happiness to children, teens, young adults and their families battling childhood cancers. We seek to improve their health and wellbeing by providing access to a wellbeing counsellor, a pet therapy dog, monthly support meetings, arts and crafts supplies, and care packs. The funds raised from the Swimathon will enable us to reach more children and families in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area who need support.
Milton Keynes Safety Centre (Hazard Alley)
The Safety Centre is the region’s leading safety education charity. Hazard Alley, our education centre in Kiln Farm, provides life-saving safety education to thousands of children, young people and adults every year. Money raised during the 2024 Swimathon will help to refurbish and modernise our “Online Safety” scenario, which is much in need of an upgrade, to ensure everyone stays safe when online, reducing the risk of bullying, grooming and exploitation.
Milton Keynes Scouts
Milton Keynes Scouting District is in Buckinghamshire and includes 23 groups, 4 explorer units and an active Network section. Our aim is to provide fun and challenging and adventurous activities, and develop skills including teamwork, leadership, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. The money raised from the Swimathon will be used to update The Lodge, which can sleep 20 as well as host indoor activities at our dedicated campsite – The Quarries – at Cosgrove. It has been hosting local, national and international visitors for nearly 100 years.
Rotary Borrowdale Brooke, Zimbabwe
Rotary MK is collaborating with Rotary Borrowdale Brooke in fund-raising to instal solar power generation in two clinics in Zimbabwe. Many Zimbabwe hospitals experience power cuts for as long as 12 hours which can seriously affect services such as maternity wards and create health hazards for patients. Rotary International awards substantial grants to Rotary clubs which work together on such projects. The Zimbabwe community in MK aims to raise, in the Swimathon, the funds needed for the two clubs to trigger a Rotary International grant.
SOFEA provides education, training and wellbeing services for 160 disadvantaged young people in Milton Keynes, most of whom fell out of formal education. We also distribute 480 tonnes of surplus food each year through our FareShare operations to 54 local community partners (hostels, shelters, care homes and schools) and 11 community larders. Funds raised via the Swimathon will contribute directly to the cost of vans and drivers to move more high quality food from our Bletchley warehouse to local vulnerable people and communities.
This charity was created recently to help Ukrainian refugees to settle in Milton Keynes and to enable them to enrich the communities where they live with new experiences of a different type of heritage. New residents want to learn about the UK but also to continue to educate their children about the Ukraine, so that their heritage is conserved and protected. The funds raised from the Swimathon will be used to support the “Sunflower School” project, the first Ukrainian Supplementary School in Milton Keynes.
Willen Hospice is a much respected and vital local hospice that provides specialist care for people whose illness no longer responds to curative treatment. The money raised from the Rotary Swimathon will be used to pay for the petrol costs for our Willen at Home team who make over 3,700 visits per year supporting our patients in their own homes.
Each swimmer collects sponsorship from family, friends, work colleagues, corporate donations, etc. by:
Making a donation?
Please make sure that you mention which team and/or individual swimmer you are sponsoring. Then, when MK Rotary Club collects the information from Just Giving’s report, we will be able to calculate how much each team has raised. Without that information, we won’t be able to credit your team.
Swimming as a team or individual swimmer?
You can set up your own page with a unique link. This will save you from collecting in the money yourself, give you the opportunity to reach out on social media, and ensure the donations come straight to us in the name of your team. They will automatically be credited to your team’s total sponsorship.
You can print off as many copies as you wish of the sponsorship form below. Each swimmer should use a separate form (or more than one form, numbering the sheets in the top right corner). It’s important to fill in the team name and the swimmer’s name and number. Please make sure that every sponsor who pays income tax fills in their house number and post code and circles “Yes” under “Eligible for gift aid”. Without this information, we cannot claim gift aid, which adds 20% to a donation.
A charity will always receive in excess of the total sponsorship raised by their own teams.