A GROUP of 13 daredevil fundraisers swam across the Menai Strait last weekend in support of the #teamirfon campaign to raise funds for the Alaw Ward.
Among the intrepid swimmers was Welsh actor Richard Harrington, star of BBC drama Hinterland, and several friends of Bangor resident Irfon Williams, who is battling bowel cancer and began the campaign to raise £20,000 for the Ysbyty Gwynedd cancer ward.
Richard, who had agreed to start the swim, decided to take part in the charity event at the last minute after meeting Becky, Irfon’s wife, and hearing about the inspirational efforts of Irfon’s family and friends.
Richard, who recently completed the gruelling Marathon de Sables, a six day ultra-marathon in the Sahara, said: “I was so encouraged by the groups’ commitment to this challenge and love for their friend that I thought I’m going to do the actual swim too.
“I’d not realised what I was taking on. I can honestly say that swimming the Menai Straits was as hard as running the Marathon de Sables.
“Everyone that took part did a super job, but I was particularly impressed by Sam MacLennan who is only 15 years old. Irfon must be very proud of all of his friends.”
Swim organiser, Dewi Morris, aged 46 from Llanfairpwll, added: “None of us could have done it without the 300 strong crowd cheering us on from the pier and the help of Duncan and his team from local company Seawake who provided support boats and assistance.
“We were all gutted that Irfon couldn’t be there on the day because he was undergoing surgery on his liver.
“It was great that Becky and the kids could be there to be part of this special day.”
The swimmers and supporters, including the team from the Boatyard Inn who organised a post-swim party and auction, have together raised over £4,000 for the #teamirfon campaign.