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Cancer battle coach in swim bid

Rob Worthing being thrown into a pool
Rob Worthing being thrown into a pool at Inverness Aquadome

A 29-year-old man who has battled cancer twice is to take part in a challenge dubbed the world's largest swimming fundraiser.

Rob Worthing was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease when he was 16 and again when cancer returned two years later.

A swim team leader in Inverness, he plans to swim 200 lengths during April's Swimathon.

The annual event is raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Mr Worthing said: "I am going to try and swim the three miles in an hour and a half, which I think is totally achievable and I am looking forward to the challenge.

"But I realise how amazing it is to be here able to even think about doing this, when at one point during my illness specialists told me that I would never even walk again and here I am about to swim 200 lengths of the pool."

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