YOUNG swimmers in their pyjamas had a splashing time and raised £5,500 for 4Louis during their charity Puddle Ducks swimming event.

The Tees Valley based baby and children swim school host a charity PJ Week each year, where children raise money for a local cause by learning water safety dressed in their favourite pyjamas.

The 4Louis charity that helps families through miscarriage, stillbirth and child loss. They provide useful tools, equipment and training free of charge to hospital units, hospices and other professionals who sadly have the job of comforting grieving families who suffer a miscarriage, Stillbirth Neonatal or child death.

Alison Abbott, owner of Puddle Ducks Tees Valley, said, “We are so proud of all of our customers who always get involved in our annual charity PJ Week and have so much fun during their lifesaving lessons.

"My son, Max, and I loved swimming in our PJs and raising money for such an amazing charity. 4Louis is very close to many of our customers’ hearts and after raising £4,000 for the charity in 2015, we decided to do the same for this year’s PJ Week.

“We were shocked to hear that the Swimming Teachers Association recently reported that one in three children are unable to swim when they leave primary school. This really highlights how important it is for our little ones to learn to swim from a young age when they can learn at their own pace."

Puddle Ducks provides innovative swimming classes for babies, toddlers and children.