Twenty four teams will do battle for charity at this year's Swimathon.

Organised by the Accrington Rotary Club in partnership with the Observer, the event sees businesses, schools and groups of friends all taking a dip to raise money for charity.

Over the past two months we have been profiling some of the teams to sign up, from Pioneer 79' who are hoping to smash a national record to the 60-year-old Baxenden Babes who are aiming to raise several hundred pounds for their charity Macmillan.

One team that will feature prominently at this year's event is St Augustine's High School which has entered 25 students all aged 11-16.

PE Teacher, Catherine Sagar said the kids were bursting with excitement.

She said: “The Swimathon is great for the kids, it is something fun that they can all take part in regardless of ability.

“They have been asking me a lot in recent weeks when the event is, they are all looking forward to taking part.

“The parents support is really good and all the staff come along to cheer them on, it is a great day out.”

Mark Schofield, of the Accrington Rotary Club, was delighted with the reception that this year's event has received.

He said: “We have one or two maybes yet to sign up, so I would encourage them to get in touch, but the reception we have had has been great.

“We have had an instant reaction this year, the teams that enjoyed themselves last year have all come back to sign up again.

“It's now really close and I'm looking forward to it myself, I know it will be fun for all.”

The Swimathon will take place on Sunday, November 24 at Accrington Academy.

Teams consist of five members and each team swims for a total of 50 minutes.

Each team can donate its sponsorship proceeds to the rotary club, the Observer’s nominated charity the Finley’s Friends Appeal, or its own preferred charity.

Admission is £20 per team. Those wishing to sign up can still contact Mark on 01254 232521 or e-mail