Fundraisers cycle and swim for Tom Prince Cancer Trust

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THEY all felt absolutely exhausted by the end of it and some went straight home to a warm bed after.

But courageous fundraisers who swam from Clarence Pier to South Parade Pier, Southsea, and cycled 10 miles afterwards definitely thought it was worth it.

It was a great Sunday for The Tom Prince Cancer Trust as a group of regulars from The Festing public house in Southsea swum from Clarence Pier to South Parade Pier and then rode their bikes for 10 miles ''Ready to swim + ride their bikes for 10 miles ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132287-7465)

It was a great Sunday for The Tom Prince Cancer Trust as a group of regulars from The Festing public house in Southsea swum from Clarence Pier to South Parade Pier and then rode their bikes for 10 miles ''Ready to swim + ride their bikes for 10 miles ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132287-7465)

Their amazing efforts helped them raise about £5,000 for The Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Setting off at 10.30am yesterday, they kept 70 metres from shore to avoid rocks and seaweed and managed to make it back on dry land in about half-an-hour.

After towelling themselves dry, they rode around the city and ended up at The Festing pub, in Festing Road, Southsea, in the afternoon for a celebration.

Some who still had some energy left in them pedalled on a static exercise bike inside the bar in a bid to raise more money.

Around £820,000 has now been raised for the trust since it was set up in 2004 following the death of Tom Prince, who had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

The team was made up of staff and regulars from The Festing.

Luke Threadingham, 24, who went to Priory School with Tom, said: ‘All of us came back in one piece luckily.

‘We all feel pretty knackered.

‘Some of the team went home to bed but the rest of us kept going.

‘It was quite choppy out at sea.

‘It was windy and there was lots of seaweed.

‘There was a huge sense of relief when we got back.

‘There were lots of people cheering us on at the finish line.’

It’s now hoped the trust will get to £1m within the next year.

The money will continue to be used for research into the condition.

The pub, which has raised £20,000 for the trust in the past four years, did the pier-to-pier challenge for the first time two years ago.

Landlord Matt Chapman said: ‘We love the trust.

‘We have got a lot of regulars who were friends with Tom and we like doing different events to ensure the money keeps coming in.’

Tom’s mum, Adele, 54, of Southsea, said she was overwhelmed by everyone’s efforts.

‘It’s amazing,’ she said.

‘I am lost for words.’