Swimmers are being urged to take the plunge for charity this month.
Washington Forge Rotary Club is holding a fundraising Swimathon at the town’s new leisure centre on Sunday, September 20.
Teams of between four and six swimmers will be sponsored to complete as many lengths of the pool as possible in 30 minutes.
All money raised will be split between the organisers’ chosen charities and swimmers’ own good causes.
The club is raising money for two local charities.
Washington Mind has worked with people who have mental health issues in the town for more than 30 years, while Small Steps – Seize the Day, raises awareness of epilepsy, especially in young children.
The charity also supports families who have babies and toddlers with the condition across the North East.
Anyone taking part in the event will also be able to collect for their own chosen charity.
“This is the first event of its kind that we have organised,’ said organiser Bob Twist.
“We have chosen two wonderful local charities, but everyone taking part will be able to keep some of the money they raise for their own worthy causes.
“We have decided on a 30, 30, 40 split.
“Each of our two nominated charities will get 30 per cent of the money donated, and everyone taking part will be able to keep 40 per cent of whatever they raise for their own charity.”
Anyone wanting more details of the event or to register to take part in the Swimathon, should visit the Washington Forge Rotary Club’s website at www.washingtonforgerotary.org.uk.