SWIMMERS made a splash for charity during an event at Carnforth's recently reopened pool.

Carnforth Rotary Club ran the weekend swimathon which saw bathers clock up 49.5 miles to celebrate 40 years since the Kellet Road pool first opened.

A grand total of £3,467 was raised for worthy causes, including Carnforth Community Swimming Pool itself, which was recently saved from closure after being taken over by dedicated volunteers .

Among impressive achievements at the swimathon were:

- 310 lengths by Ben Taylor, who raised £575

- 334 lengths by best adult team The Meltons

- 262 lengths by under-11s team Boys Will Be Boys

- and 82 lengths by ten-year-old Owen Westworth, who raised £300.

Carnforth mayor Cllr Pat Wooff said: "The community's involvement is essential to the continued success of the pool, whether that be supporting particular fundraising initiatives or simply turning up for a swim. As the saying goes, “use it or lose it”! We have fought hard to save our local pool, let’s keep it going for another 40 years."

Fiona Inston, director and trustee of the charitable company that now runs the pool, said supporters were "delighted" by the success of the swimathon. The pool is getting "great support" from local swimmers, she added.

For more, visit www.carnforthpool.org or Facebook @carnforthpool.