A SWIMMING instructor whose fundraising exploits raised thousands for charity is set to embark on his latest mission - alongside his daughter and colleagues.

Robert Blackburn, who teaches at the Metrodome, will take the plunge at Derwent Water in the Lake District alongside his daughter, Isabelle, and co-workers Nicole Perry, Emily Gamble, Maddie Barker and his friend, Steve Costing.

They also have the support from Emma and Mark Mallender, from Wombwell-based Triple M Vehicles, who are covering costs for the 1.5km swim next month.

They will raise funds for the Barnsley Hospital Charity in honour of the facility’s intensive care unit that saved Robert and Steve’s friend’s life last year.

Robert - who has raised more than £11,000 in a decade and won a Proud of Barnsley award last year - said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored me over the years.”

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