PEOPLE are being urged to sign up to Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.

The Swimathon weekend takes place from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29.

Participants of all abilities and ages can choose individual challenges of 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k or team distances of 1.5k or 5k.

There is also the opportunity to take part in “MySwimathon”, where participants can complete one of the individual challenges or set their own distance at any time from April 20 to May 6.

Swimathon started in 1988 and since then over 700,000 participants have dived into 1,000 pools across the UK and raised over £48 million for different charities.

For more information and to sign up, visit