BLACKBURN Centurions Swimming Club are staging an event to raise cash for a Ribble Valley community for adults with a learning disability.

The sponsored swim at Darwen Leisure Centre on Friday hopes to raise at least £500 for Samlesbury's Stanley Grange.

The community of 40 adults faced closure in 2015.

But it was saved by the setting up of a new charity the Stanley Grange Community Association (SGCA)which bought he premises.

On Friday between 7.45pm and 9pm Blackburn Centurions will,lead the sponsored swim.

SGCA spokeswoman Chris Wood, whose sister Pat lives at the community, said: "Stanley Grange is a small homely intentional community for adults with a learning disability.

"In previous years, Stanley Grange has had to fight to stay open.

"This sponsored swim is to raise money for the much-needed renovation of buildings and also to provide purposeful, meaningful activities for residents.

"We are very grateful to Blackburn Centurions and Darwen Leisure Centre for supporting this event.

"We have already got pledges worth £470 and hope to exceed our £500 target.

"People can donate via a gofundme page."

Stanley Grange, in Roach Road in Samlesbury, also provides day care services.

Its residents live independently with control over their daytime routines and the freedom to come and go as they please.