The Terrific Tadpoles, Sparkling Seahorses and Rubber Duckies were just some of the teams who swam their hearts out at this year’s annual Swimathon at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre – and the event was another triumph for the town.

Organised by Portishead Rotary Club, the 22nd Annual Swimathon saw more than 90 teams take part to raise money for charity and have fun doing it.

There were teams from all over North Somerset taking part, including from the 6th Portishead Brownies and Rainbows, 2nd Crockerne Brownies, North Weston Brownies, Trinity primary School, Portishead Medcal centre, 4th Redcliffe Brownies, St Nicholas Chantry primary School, 1st Crockerne Pill Guides, Clevedon east Brownies, Highdown Junior Schoo, Portishead primary School, Mary Elton primary School and Crockerne Primary School.

This year saw the gross total amount raised in those 22 years exceed £200,000, something of which the organisers are extremely proud and so grateful to all swimmers and supporters.

Money this year was raised for The Rotary Club’s charities this year, including the Portishead Stroke Drop-In-Centre, Dyslexia Portishead, The Alzheimer’s Society and MacMillan Cancer Support, as well as the Kanami Trust.

Teams swam in relay style for 35 minutes, with age and ability no barrier, and there were ten sessions in all.

Each session was started by a ‘special guest,’ including popular local BBC TV personality Jemma Cooper, The Rotary’s District Governor Alan Hudson, and Sam Wooley, Duty Manager at Parish Wharf.

Pauline Rayner and Portishead Sainsbury’s provided 500 goodie bags to hand out to all the swimmers, and those who took part also received a certificate.