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Swimmers at a Llandudno swimming club have had a stroke of luck after Wales & West Utilities has dived in and donated £300 to benefit the 70-strong competitive squad.

The donation will allow the Club to purchase equipment which will be used in competitions throughout the year. The gas emergency and pipeline service for Wales and the south west of England provided the funding as part of its commitment to support the communities it serves.

Bryn Phillips, who coaches the squad three times a week and whose daughter trains at the club, helped secure the funding from his employer. Bryn has worked in the gas industry for over 17 years and is part of the company’s Network Services team which maintain the control systems of the gas network. He said:

“My daughter has followed in my footsteps and is a keen competitive swimmer. Due to her heavy involvement both myself and my wife are now involved – me as coach and my wife as club secretary.

“Swimming is a fantastic sport and the club setup at Llandudno is great. We’re delighted to have been able to tap into my employer’s community fund. This money means so much to the club and we are now able to buy equipment that will be used for competitive meetings – something we simply wouldn’t have been able to do without this kind-hearted donation.

“On behalf of the young swimmers and their families I’d like to thank Wales & West Utilities for its support.”

Llandudno Swimming Club is a competitive club, catering for swimmers of all abilities from novice through to masters. Members train three nights a week and the club has produced some of the UK’s top talent. Athletes include Jack Thomas, who is going on to represent Wales in the Para - Commonwealth Games and also a previous medallist at Commonwealth, whilst Summer Best and Deio Hughes will represent in the British Championships.

Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director, Sarah Hopkins, added:

“We’re delighted to have been able to provide support to Llandudno Swimming Club through Bryn’s involvement as a volunteer coach. Supporting causes close to our colleague’s hearts is important and we are thrilled that this money will benefit the squad.”

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service that serves the south west of England and Wales, puts customers at the heart of the business and is rated the top utility company in the UK for customer service. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. 

The company also has a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.