A SWIM up the River Dee in memory of a paediatrician who worked at the Countess will be held on Saturday.

David Casson, 45, a paediatric gastroenterologist at the West Derby children’s hospital, died after a short illness in 2009.

Friends and colleagues are staging a swim that will raise money for a new charity called the Babygrow Appeal to build a £2m new neonatal unit at Countess of Chester Hospital.

David’s last swims were in the River Dee which will be setting for the fundraising swim, The River Dee Bridge to Bridge Long Distance Swim, which will culminate in The David Casson Memorial Trophy being awarded to the winner.

Two swims will take place on Saturday: a six-mile Bridge to Bridge swim, starting at the iron bridge in Aldford at 10am and a three-mile swim from Eccleston Ferry – both swims finish in the centre of Chester under Queen's Park suspension foot bridge.

Find out more at www.entrycentral.com or http://www.bldsa.org.uk.

Donate at www.justgiving.com/ RiverDeeSwim DaveCassonTrophy.