A CHARITY Swimathon is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary when swimmers dive in for another weekend of fundraising in March.

The Rotary Club of Northwich Charity Swimathon returns on March 21 and 22, between 5pm and pm, aiming to build on 19 years of fundraising.

The event sees teams of all ages and abilities swim in relay for 55 minutes, raising money through sponsorship with £160,000 amassed since the event first began.

Last year saw £12,000 raised and it is hoped 48 teams of six will take part in March.

Rupert Adams, chairman of the Swimathon committee, said: “Our 2019 event raised over £12,000 for local, national and international good causes but in addition our experience is that those who take part really enjoy it and we have many teams who come back each year."

2019 >>> Northwich Rotary Swimathon sees 227 take part for charity

Garnet Ronander, of main sponsor Ubuntu Wealth Management, said: “We are delighted to team up with Northwich Rotary once again to sponsor their 2020 Swimathon.

"Last year was a fantastic event for both those taking part and for the charities that received a generous amount of funding.

"This year we are hoping for a bigger and better event, where we’ll see more people joining the Swimathon fun on March 21 and 22 and, ultimately, more money raised for the chosen charities.”

Refreshments are provided for all swimmers along with a team photograph and certificate.

Named charities for 2020 are the Deafness Support Network and Riding For The Disabled. Rotary charities will also benefit.

Teams also have the opportunity to nominate their own charity to receive half the sum raised by the team.

Register your interest by emailing swimathon.rcnorthwich@gmail.com