More than £17,000 has been raised as part of South Ayrshire Swim Team's bid to secure funds for vital equipment in time for the new season. 

The club operates from the Citadel Leisure Centre and has more than 250 swimmers, mostly children and teenagers. 

The club also has a disability squad and a masters squad for older swimmers, as part of thousands who have swum at the club over the years. 

The swim team is trying to raise £35,000 to replace its electronic timing system,  a vital piece of equipment for its swimming galas that welcome hundreds of people to the facility every year. 

More than £17,000 has been raised towards the campaign, including a large donation through NHS Scotland's Community Benefits Gateway portal.

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NHS supplier, Custody and Offender Medical Services LLP, has provided £11,431 towards the fundraiser, as part of the scheme that connects NHS Scotland suppliers with third sector community organisations and charities within Scotland to fulfil community needs.

A further £2,000 has also been donated by Pauline Moriarty and her organisation Beautiful Inside and Out. 

The charity supports bereaved parents and siblings of suicide victims, promoting feelings of self-worth.

The charity will be sponsoring the swim team's open meet in June.

To donate to the fundraiser, go to