RHYL swimmers have swam a distance of more than 163 miles in just 12 hours to raise £3,000 for three charities.

Following the Rhyl Dolphins Swimming Club's third 12 hour swim-a-thon at Rhyl Leisure Centre in the summer, swimmers from the club have gathered at Rhyl Leisure Center to present cheques to St Kentigern Hospice, Spinal Research and Conwy and Denbighshire branch of the National Autistic Society.

Over the 12 hours the self-funded 123 year old club’s swimmers swam 10,537 lengths of the pool, raising more than £7,000 in total. To celebrate they were joined by parents, relatives and friends of the club for the cheque presentation on Friday, October 18.

A spokesperson Rhyl Dolphins said: “The swim-a-thon was to raise funds not only for the swimmers’ club but, as in previous years three chosen charities selected by their fundraising group - all of which had some sort of connection and meaning to the club.”

Accepting the cheque for each of the charities on the evening were Trevor Lloyd Roberts on behalf of St Kentigern's Hospice, Kyra Davies on behalf of Spinal Research and Mark Turner on behalf of the National Autistic Society Conwy & Denbighshire Branch.

The swimmers also raised funds by the sale of refreshments, cakes, games, tombola and raffle on the day.

Anybody interested in helping the friendly, competitive club either at poolside, with administration, as a sponsor or joining as swimming member is welcome to join on Friday evenings at 6.30pm.