A group of fundraisers have soldiered through a 32-mile pedalo challenge in order to raise funds for a new animal treatment site.

Wendy Hermon and her team at Swan Support underwent the challenge which saw them start in Caversham and end in Windsor over three days of pedaling.

Swan Support is based in Windsor and covers Berkshire, rescuing, aiding and nursing injured and trapped birds back to health.

I caught up with Wendy on the last stretch of the challenge.

She said: "It has been a challenge. It is not as easy as it looks.

"Without the amazing team we've got with us - we have two safety boats and a fantastic team of peddlers - this would not have been possible.

"The sun has been amazing and it has just made it a really enjoyable trip and it has been fun seeing all the signets, families of ducklings and goslings."

However, a rescue along the way brought it home how important the organisation's work is.

"We sadly found a bird in need of help near Harleyford - a Gosling - who has been shot through the head with an air gun," Wendy said

"It is still alive. We rescued it because we could see something was wrong with it. Sadly it had been shot, we have taken it in and it is now in our care."

Before the challenge, Wendy described the swan's need for help as a "sobering reality", adding that the birds often face injuries due to human behaviour, climate change, or the pressures of life on the river.

"Sadly, the number of dog attacks and shootings are on the increase," Wendy added.

"In addition, this winter, many flocks and families have been devastated by Avian Influenza, with hundreds dying from the dreadful disease."

The team at swan support hope that by pedalling the Thames they will meet and introduce people to the charity and what it stands for.

"We've had a few double takes," Wendy said about their travels so far.

"A lot of people are surprised at the journey we have taken to get to where we are now.

Along the way, many have expressed interest and donated to the cause, with £2,000 having been given to Swan Support since the challenge began.

Wendy added that the third and final day was the most exciting.

"It is where we live and where our main patch is - it is quite exciting to get to the end and we have a lot of support waiting for us in Windsor."

She added: "Thank you for all the public support, it means a lot to us.

"Without the public support and the amazing team of people we have at swan support, we wouldn't be able to do what we are doing today."

Swan Support hopes to soon open a new treatment site in Bray after working from a temporary location since 2015.

To give to the fundraisers, click here: justgiving.com/campaign/swansupportarepedaloingforpounds