SWIMMER Richard Elloway, who raised more than £3,600 for St Margaret's Hospice by swimming the equivalent of the English Channel, has been treated to a meal in Wellington’s Wetherspoon’s public house, the Iron Duke.

Pub manager Matt Turner had been unable to sponsor Richard’s swim in the pool at Wellington Leisure Centre but promised him a free meal after finishing the challenge.

Richard, of Seymour Street, Wellington, swam 1,400 lengths of the pool during February to help pay for a second anti-pressure chair for the hospice.

He wanted to thank the hospice for looking after his wife Pamela before she was moved to a care home