FOR a group of deaf youngsters, swimming to raise money was no mean feat.

Alongside the fitness challenges, deaf people may not be able to wear hearing aids in the water, or cochlear implants may not work.

But a team of six young swimmers – along with two support staff – swam 75 lengths in 55 minutes to support Northwich Rotary Club and the Deafness Support Networks 'Youth Vibe'.

The group included some youngster who have not had much experience, with one swimmer completing his lenghts despite being nervous on the day of the Swimathon.

DSN youth service manager Hannah Nicoll said: “We swam each length together with him telling me when he wanted me to hold the float or when he wanted to swim on his own.

"We were extremely proud of each young person as they all personally achieved so much.

The £325 raised will help support the youth service, which is attended by young people affected by hearing loss across the whole of Cheshire.

One Youth Vibe attendee, Hayden, said: “I really enjoyed the swimathon.

"It was hard because I couldn’t hear what was going on but after the first few laps, I enjoyed it lots and want to do it again with all my friends and raise money for the deaf club.

“I feel proud to help my club for trips and things and other charities. I would love to go again and I want to raise more money for the club so will do it again and again."

Another member, Alex, added: “I was a little bit scared because I find it hard to breathe and swim but I was really glad I had help because I felt safe and I had fun.”