Some 21,000 charity fundraisers took part in a charity swimathon on March 29 to 31; raising £1.8m for Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK.

The idea behind swimathon is that, across the weekend, fundraisers take to their local participating pool and swim lengths to the equivalent distance that they are being sponsored for.

Swimathon 2019

Fundraisers can take-on 400m, 1.5K, 2.5K, 5K or even test themselves with a triple 5K. There are also team distances of 1.5K and 5K.

1,000 more swimmers took part in 2019’s swimathon than the previous year’s.

Both Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK have spoken out to thank those that raised money for the charities.

Mark Winton, Head of Community Fundraising at Marie Curie said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to all of the 21,000 swimmers who went to great lengths during this year’s swimathon.”

Head of events and sports at Cancer Research UK, Emma Hyatt said: “It is a privilege for Cancer Research UK to partner with such a special event and we are amazed by all the hard work that has gone in to fundraising the £1.8m.”