THE mayor of Abergele, Councillor Alan Hunter, will be taking on a daring challenge next weekend to raise money for a hospice based in St Asaph.

Cllr Hunter will be swimming with sharks at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port on March 20 to raise money for St Kentigern Hospice, a charity providing care and support for patients with any life-limiting condition, and their families.

His JustGiving online donations page has so far raised more than £1,500.

Cllr Hunter said the idea came following a visit to the aquarium with his granddaughters, and chose St Kentigern after they cared for his father-in-law in his final weeks.

He wrote on his JustGiving page: “I wanted to do something a bit different for my mayor's charity fundraiser.

“After a visit with my granddaughters to the Blue Planet in Ellesmere Port, I thought a swim with the sharks would be different; certainly for the sharks!

“I will be going into the tank on Sunday (March 20) afternoon and hope to raise funds for our chosen charity, St Kentigern.

“My wife and I have never forgotten the kindness and care of the wonderful staff at St Kentigern where Cheryl's father spent his final weeks.

“So many charities have struggled through the pandemic with a loss of fundraising opportunities.

“I'm really pleased to be able to do something which I hope will raise as much as possible to support the work of our local hospice.

“Look out sharks, the mayor is on his way!”

Cllr Hunter, who has held his current position since October 2020, joined Abergele Town Council in June 2015.

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