Charity swimmers at Westminster Lodge have raised thousands of pounds for Sports Relief during a swimathon.

More than 100 swimmers took part in the World’s Biggest Swim at the Holywell Hill based leisure centre to raise £8,100 on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22.

Lesley Garner, Everyone Active general manager, said: "There was a great atmosphere with plenty of supporters cheering the swimmers from the poolside and spectator gallery.

"I would like to congratulate all the swimmers who trained so hard to complete their challenge. 

"They should be very proud of their achievements and I’m delighted that the Westminster Lodge swimming community raised so much money for such an important charity."

Each year across the UK around 23,000 people take part in the world’s biggest charity swim event, which, over the past 27 years, has raised over £40m for good causes.

Swimmers chose to take part in 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k distances and Westminster Lodge has been named one of the top performing sites in the country with one of the highest numbers of participating swimmers and the 11th highest total raised.