Plumbers from a Harrow firm are to take to the pool to raise cash for a sick colleague.
Engineers from Heating and Plumbing Direct, based at The Hawthorn Centre in Elm Grove Road, have arranged their Sponsored Swim For Jock to help out a Scottish workmate George Spiers, who was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer six months ago.
Fourteen workers will swim 7,000m between them at Harrow Leisure Centre in Christchurch Avenue on, provisionally, July 12 between 6pm and 9pm, when the pool will be closed to the public.
In addition, they are planning a fundraising night at Broadfields Country Club, Broadfields, Headstone Lane, Harrow, in an attempt to raise a total of between £4,000 and £7,000.
Contracts manager Sean Baxter, 34, said: "We all get along well with George, known as Jock, as it's a small, family company.
"No-one is a serious swimmer and it's something that everybody can take part in.
"We just want to achieve the 7,000m - we've got three hours to make it - that's basically it."
After his diagnosis, Mr Spiers, 61, of Northolt, worked for the company during his course of chemotherapy up until June 13, when he prepared to enter hospital so he could be operated upon on Wednesday last week (18).
Surgeons removed part of his oesophagus and gave him an artificial replacement and he is recovering.
Mr Baxter said: "We'll give 50 per cent of the money to George and 50 per cent to Cancer Research.
"His son is keen on swimming with us. His family are very appreciate of what we're doing.
"George was apparently quite teary with it all when they told him our plan."