Staff at Love Energy Savings traversed the length of the English Channel and back, but kept their feet firmly on dry land as they completed the mission using rowing machines.

Six teams across different departments at the Summerfield Road business took part in the fundraising event for the Bolton Lads and Girls Club.

They divided into teams of six, with the aim of raising thousands of pounds for the club’s annual Yellow and Blue Day fundraising initiative.

Love Energy Savings Managing Director Phil Foster said: “When our team last undertook this challenge it was really hard work but also extremely rewarding.

“It’s not easy to cover that kind of distance, even on a rowing machine.

“This year we super-sized our efforts and got 36 members of staff involved, with the remaining staff cheering from the sidelines.”

Other events on the day included a Sega Rally competition and all proceeds from The Love Shack - Love Energy Saving’s staff canteen - were donated to the charity.

Founded in 2007, Love Energy Savings is the UK’s favourite energy comparison website and supports businesses and domestic users.

Its mission is to help them save money on their energy bills, and it has already passed on over £76million of savings to more than 172,000 UK home and business customers.

Bolton Lads and Girls Club is a youth club and charity, founded in 1889, which requires over £7,000 a day to keep operating.

One of the largest youth clubs in the UK, it has over 3,500 young people as members and is open all year round.

Its work supports eight to 19-year-olds, or up to 21 for young people with disabilities, and provision includes sports, arts, mentoring and community outreach work.

Chief Executive Karen Edwards OBE said: “Our local charity has been enriching young lives for over 128 years, aiming to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to be the best they can possibly be.

“Over the last 12 months we have had 119,330 visits through our doors and engaged with 6104 young people, including 243 looked after children and 331 with disabilities. BLGC is so much more than just a youth centre.

“We want to be there for young people seven nights a week and to ensure that our services meet the complex issues children and their families face.

“That’s why days like our annual Yellow and Blue Day are crucial in raising funds to ensure that our club continues to be there for Bolton’s children and young people.”