A STROUD man is holding a party and exhibition to celebrate the end of his marathon challenge.

Dominic Thompson, a professional jazz musician and producer, finished his task of swimming 21 lakes at the base of Mount Snowdon on August 31.

He has been raising money for the Sue Ryder hospice in Leckhampton who looked after Dom's father, Denys, before he passed away.

Dom, father to Kit, 6, and Nancy, 9, said: "It has been a hugely emotional journey but a hugely beneficial one, full of learning, full of healing.

"Spending eight weeks on the road on your own provides a lot of thinking time. It also provides a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and hear their stories too.

"So many peoples lives are affected by Cancer, in one way or another.

"I even had a donation from a couple and their dog who paddled past me on a Kayak on Llyn Gwynant, in Snowdonia."

So far Dom has raised £3338 and he hopes these two final events will help him raise even more.

The 21 Lakes Closing Party will take place at The Stroud Valleys Art Space on Saturday, October 20.

This will be a dance music event from 9pm until late featuring DJ's Situation Sounds and The Peaceful Ones.

Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door.

The Exhibition will be held at The Stroud Subscription Rooms, on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28.

Entry is free and all 21 images will be available to buy, with the centrepiece being available through sealed bids, starting at £21.

"It's an opportunity for me to say a huge thank you to all the people who have kindly supported the project along the way, through their donations, and kind words and an opportunity to share my journey," added Dom.

To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/21lakes.