FRIENDS are gearing up for a challenge that will see them attempt a swim around the Great Orme headland.

The charity swim - in aid of Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer Now and the Llandudno Lions Club - is set to take place on Friday, August 23.

Taking part and ill attempting to swim the full distance is Gary Jones, Peter Aldous, Dimtri Pitton, Carlo Galeotti, Alex Aldous and Tomas Aldous.

Father and son Owain Davies and Gruff Davies, 12, and brothers Dylan and Iwan Griffiths will swim as part of a relay of swimmers that will swim alongside the full distance swimmers.

The group hope to raise £10,000. Already £6,000 has been raised.

The swimmers will be supported by a group of volunteer Sea Kayakers, being led by Stu Stanley.

Stu said: "As a support team, we have undertaken a number of sea and lake swims with the team, and watched their progress over the past few months.

"As kayakers we are closest in terms of boats that are subjected to the same or similar conditions as the swimmers will go through so have been able to advise on routes, times and tides.”

Also providing additional support is the crew of the Eileen May, the Only Severn class All-Weather lifeboat not in active service.

Rachel Lloyd, of the Eileen May, said: "We are really proud to be supporting the swimmers and the charities for this fantastic event and helping the relay team to complete their handovers over the course of the swim."

The group will be fundraising from the pier from 11am. The swim starts at 2pm.

The Llandudno mayor will be setting the group off and Ian Turner will be doing some live PA work.

The swimmers expect to finish in West Shore between 5pm and 6pm.

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