The annual Cumbrae to Largs open swim to raise funds for Gillian’s saltire Appeal is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and they have asked some celebrities to take part!

This year, the charity has sent tweets to STV’s weatherman sean Batty and news presenter Laura Miller asking them to take part in the 1.6 mile Clyde challenge.

In their twitter message to the STV duo, it read: “Something to tick off the bucket list” alongside a picture of swimmers about to start at the Cumbrae Watersports Centre during last year’s event.

As yet, the television presenters have not replied. You can join the swim twitter feed @ swimsaltire The date has been confirmed for this year’s event as Saturday 19 September at 3.30pm.

Registration and safety briefing begins at 2pm, before participants are bussed to the Cal Mac ferry to Cumbrae, where the race starts.

Organiser John Burleigh, who takes part in the swim every year, said: “We are hoping for 100 swimmers to raise £20,000 - so help pass the word!” Last year’s winner was Largs teen Glen Duffy of North Ayrshire swim Club.

After the event, there are shower facilities which can be used at Largs Sailing Club, and hot soups are available, before an evening dance celebration takes place at the club.

For more details, phone 07740 509259 or go to The saltire swim raises funds for a Largs based charity which runs seafront accommodation to provide respite for visitors to Largs who have cancer.