Seaford: Friends’ million metre epic swim

The lads have been taking part in the mammoth challenge for charity
The lads have been taking part in the mammoth challenge for charity
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SWIMMING 20 lengths can be a challenge for many of us, but this has all been in a day’s work for two friends who are helping raise funds for a Seaford-based charity.

Matt Eade and Scott Morgan set themselves the challenge of completing a million metres in the pool and are set to finish their mammoth feat on Tuesday, December 13.

Seaford resident and former Paralympian Kristina Veasey is planning to swim the final 20 lengths with the pair at Seahaven Pool in Newhaven and the charity behind the challenge – Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group (SDSSNSG) – is looking for other sporting personalities to join in the fun.

In order to finish the million-metre swim within a year Matt and Scott have to complete an average of 127 lengths a day.

When they have been ill, the duo have been doubling up their daily distance to make up the time lost.

Sen Smallwood set up SDSSNSG following the birth of her son Finn, who was born with Down’s Syndrome.

She went on to meet other parents locally who had children with the condition and other special needs and started organising regular get-togethers at the Downs Leisure Centre.

She said, “It been the most amazing feat that anybody has ever done for the support group.

“We really appreciate Matt and Scott’s efforts, we’ve been with them every step of the way because we see them regularly and I know how hard it’s been for them at times.

“They’re amazing young men and they have been so dedicated and we’re really thrilled and proud of them.”

If you would like to sponsor the pair call Seahaven Pool on 01273 512498 or if you want to take part in the swim on the night or find out more about the charity call Sen on 07897 373839.