BADMINTON players netted over £1,500 cash during a 24-hour charity challenge at the weekend

The Stella Maris Badminton Club hosted the event, at the Bryn Estyn Badminton Centre, in Deganwy, from 10am, Saturday, May 24 until Sunday 10am Sunday, May 25.

The club's vice president and first team captain Sam Hutt, along with club members Andrew Gibbons, Colin McKee and Iain Lovatt played badminton continuously throughout the night.

People were invited to drop by during the 24 hours to join them in a game, to watch and encourage, or just to donate.

The open event was held to raise funds for the Stroke Association. The four team members were raising cash through sponsorship, with a collection bucket, and through a Just Giving page.

It is expected the final sum raised will be higher once all the sponsorship and donations are in.

Sammy Hutt was inspired to organise the fundraiser after her father Richard experienced a stroke.

Sammy said: "We wanted to do something to help the Stroke Association, we thought a 24-hour badminton challenge would be fun.

"I was aching badly by the end, and we were all very tired, but only myself and my partner Andrew Gibbons went all the way through the night, the others had breaks for sleep.

"I'm really chuffed that we did it though, it has inspired us to make it an annual event, and next time we might even try and go for 30 hours. Thanks to everyone who donated."