It's time to get those wetsuits ready and make a splash for charity.

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, has teamed up with the organisers of Lyme Splash 2018, and is offering four charity places for the sold-out event so local supporters can get swimming in the name of charity .

It's the first time the charity has been involved with the swim.

The 3.15km open swim takes place around part of the Jurassic Coast for the third time, starting in Lyme Regis and finishing in Charmouth.

Lauren McCullough, events manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local supporters to push themselves out of their comfort zone and achieve something spectacular to raise funds for the children and adults living with disabilities in Dorset.”

To take part, participants will need to pay an entry fee of £15 and raise a minimum sponsorship amount of £250.

Your fundraising could help to meet the daily cost to run the advice service to provide guidance and support, specialist toys for children with disabilities to play with or a day’s vital medical supplies for the children at the charity’s specialist school.

Entries to the swim sold out in less than a month.

Chairman of Lyme Splash, Karen Durham-Diggins, said: "We were amazed at how quickly the swim sold out even though we increased the amount of swimmers to 200, it certainly seems Lyme Splash is firmly in the open water swimming communities diary.

"Last year Lyme Splash raised £1000 through swimmers entry fees, sponsorship and raffle, split between four charities: B Sharp, The Marine Theatre, Two Minute Beach Clean and Water Aid."

Alongside the swimmers fundraising, businesses have provided raffle prizes, with Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy providing a five-day woodworking course worth £625 as the first raffle prize.

River Cottage HQ, The Harbour Inn, Chococo, Herbie's Dino Bar, The Fisherman's Wife, Lyme Rib Rides, Lyme Regis Kayak Hire and The Marine Aquarium have also donated.

After the swim finishes in Charmouth, a medal, hot chocolate, biscuits, water and blankets will be given to swimmers.

But, if swimming isn’t your thing, Diverse Abilities hosts a wide range of exciting events throughout the year including bike rides, skydiving, abseiling and overseas challenges.

You can get involved in one of the charity's own events, or host your own fundraiser in aid of Diverse Abilities.

Funds raised will support more children and adults with disabilities, and their families, in Dorset.

To find out more, visit the charity’s website at or call the fundraising team on 01202 718266.

Lyme Splash will take place on Sunday, September 2, when it will be waved off by the Mayor of Lyme Regis.