Sixty swimmers from an East Lancs swimming club have raised almost £4,000 for a hospice.

The swimmers from Burnley Bobcats were raising money for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley.

They covered 7,200 lengths of the pool at Padiham Leisure Centre, raising £3,800 for the hospice in the process.

As well as the donations to their fundraising page, the event also held a cake and sweet treat sale, a raffle, pre-loved swimming gear sale, and a collection of Derian House memorabilia sale.

Derian House provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people across the North West.

Burnley Bobcats head coach, Nathan Bradwell, said: “Our dedicated swimmers showcased their determination by swimming distances ranging from 400m to an impressive 5,000m.

"Their efforts not only demonstrated their commitment in the pool, but also highlighted their desire to make a positive impact in our community.

“I want to extend my gratitude to each swimmer who took part in this event, as well as to their families, friends, and supporters who generously contributed to this worthy cause.

"The generosity and support will make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families served by Derian House Children's Hospice.

“It is moments like these that remind us of the power of sport to unite us and inspire positive change. I am immensely proud of our swimmers for their remarkable achievement.”

This challenge follows on from last year’s success of raising more than £5,500 for Pendleside Hospice through a similar sponsored swim, and also a 35km triathlon for senior swimmers.

Bet Whitaker, chair of Burnley Bobcats, added: “The team of swimmers, volunteers and coaches are incredibly committed both to their club and also helping others make a difference.

“This swim was a testament to their community spirit and as we grow as a club, we welcome new members and opportunities for community partnerships. Well done to all those who swam! Go Bobcats!”