Local people can sign up now to take a dip in aid of cancer care and support the highly successful Swimathon fundraiser.
The event, which raises money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, is being held in Andover on Saturday 18 April and Sunday 19 April.
It will take place at Andover Leisure Centre from 4.45pm to 7.45pm on Saturday and 5pm to 8pm on the Sunday.
Swimathon is a nationwide swimming challenge that encourages swimmers up and down the UK to swim a variety of challenge distances at their local pool to raise money for charity.
People can choose to take on an individual challenge of 1.5k, 2.5km or 5k. Or they can team up and complete a 1.5k or 5k together.
The event is open to people of any age, and there’s no need to be a strong swimmer, especially if you’re part of a team.
Tammy Dewhurst, assistant manager sport at Andover Leisure Centre, said: “Swimathon is a fun way to raise money for a good cause whilst keeping fit and active.
“Swimming is a great and gentle option for those who have physical limitations or suffer from arthritis. It can also ease muscle and joint pain, improve asthma and cholesterol levels, and lower the risk of diabetes.”
“If you’re raising money at the same time as exercising and achieving a goal, it’s a bonus all round, and everyone feels great.”
Marie Curie is the leading charity providing care and support to over 40,000 people with a terminal illness, out in the community or in one of the Marie Curie hospices.
The charity is a leader in research into the best ways of caring for people at the end of life.
All Marie Curie services are completely free of charge to patients and their families and the charity relies on fundraising activities, like the Swimathon, to continue everything it does.
To enter the event, go to www.swimathon.org and select Andover Leisure Centre as the chosen swimming pool.