Members will be pleased to know that the Stationers’ Company performed well at the Inter-Livery Swimathon which was organised by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and held last night, Thursday 2 March, at the RAC Club in Epsom. Each year the teams involved undertake to swim 5k in two and a half hours and it is the sort of event where anyone can contribute from two lengths upwards until the total of 170 lengths is completed. It is not supposed to be competitive, or a race in any way, shape or form, but it was hard to dampen that streak in our team who took great delight in being the first Company to finish the distance and in only 1 hour 40 minutes. Nine livery companies took part this year which was down on last year but it has to be said that the fun and fellowship was not at all diminished especially at the dinner which followed.
Primarily the Swimathon is a fund-raising event and the Stationers’ Company split the money they raise by sponsorship between the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the Stationers’ Foundation. Some members have already sponsored the team but there is plenty of time yet for you to give something if you have not already done so. The easiest way is to do it is online here but if you prefer you can download a sponsorship form here. Please fill in all the boxes required if you wish to apply gift aid to your sponsorship.
The team which represented the Stationers’ Company can be seen in the photo above taken by Moira Sleight and from left to right they are: Deborah Rea, Nick Alexander, Charles Hewitt, Colin Wells and Simon Elliott. On the far right you can see Ivan Elliott who is doing a great job rounding up sponsorship and who, with Moira Sleight (who counted every length), provided wonderful poolside support. Please consider sponsoring the team if you have not already done so.