SWIMMERS in Northolt and Acton are taking part in the world’s biggest charity swim to raise money for Cancer Research and Marie Curie.

The Swimathon will take place over the weekend of April 27-29 at Northolt and Acton leisure centres, operated by Everyone Active on behalf of Ealing Council.

Over the last 31 years, more than half a million people across the UK have taken part in the event, which has raised £48m for good causes.

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Everyone Active is encouraging people to get involved by signing up on the website.

New for this year, participants have the option of swimming 400m. The distance is perfect for beginners or for those who haven’t swum in a while but still want to do their bit for charity.

There is also the option of swimming 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k, as an individual or 1.5k or 5k as part of a team.

For more information and to sign up, visit https://swimathon.org/enter-now