Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is 30 years old this year, and Better’s Phoenix Fitness Centre will be one of more than 600 venues around the UK celebrating this landmark by hosting a Swimathon event.

The 2017 event will take place over three days from 7th – 9th April. The total fundraising amount over the previous 29 years of Swimathon currently stands at a staggering £46 million, which has been distributed amongst 36 different charities.

In Hammersith and Fulham, Phoenix Fitness Centre will host Swimathon on 9th April from 14:00 – 17:00. The centre will be welcoming swimmers to take part, get active and fundraise for a fantastic charity.

Speaking about Swimathon 2017, Phoenix Fitness Centre’s Sports Officer, Ali Golchoobian, said: “I’m really looking forward to hosting Swimathon at Phoenix this year. It’s fantastic to engage the local community to get active, and to fundraise for Marie Curie, which is such a worthwhile cause.

"The aquatics team at Phoenix will be hosting this years Swimathon event from 2pm – 5pm on Sunday 9th April 2016. We’ve 20 spaces up for grabs and we’d like as many people as possible to take part."

Duncan Goodhew, Swimathon President and Olympic gold-medallist, said of the landmark Swimathon event, “For the last 29 years it has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop and mature into the great event it is today. Swimathon really was ahead of its time giving people a chance to get active and do some good at the same time. I am so proud of both Swimathon’s longevity and its legacy.”

The official charity of Swimathon 2017 is Marie Curie. The charity provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. It has been doing this work for over 65 years and last year alone cared for and supported over 50,000 people affected by terminal illness across the UK.

Registration is now open for Swimathon 2017. Participants can enter to take part at Phoenix Fitness Centre through the Swimathon website. Swimathon.org/participants/register