A LOCAL swimming instructor is set to take on an epic charity swim to raise money for the Tiny Hearts Appeal.

Rob Blackburn, a swimming instructor at the Metrodome, will take on the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere.

The Great North Swim is Europe’s biggest open water swimming event with around 10,000 participants.

Rob said: "Me and a few mates Sam Leake, Thomas Lawcock and Steve Ellis are doing the swim.

"We have to do training to prepare our bodies for the cold.

"We raise money every year for different charities and thought it was about time we put it back into our hometown."