Seaford: Friends swim a million metres for charity

Scott Morgan and Matt Eade

Scott Morgan and Matt Eade

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TWO friends who swam a million metres for a Seaford-based charity finished their epic challenge, cheered on by supporters.

Matt Eade and Scott Morgan were joined by Seaford resident and former Paralympian Kristina Veasey for the final laps at Seahaven Pool in Newhaven.

The pair set themselves the challenge a year ago and have been swimming around 120 lengths on average a day to help raise funds for Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group (SDSSNSG).

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

Sen Smallwood, charity manager of SDSSNSG, set up the group 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.

The charity now runs a number of different vital programmes for families in the local area.

She said, “We are so thrilled that Matt and Scott have achieved their goal and all in aid of our charity, their efforts have certainly made a big difference to us in a number of ways.

“We want to say a heartfelt thank you to them both.”

As the pair swam their final lap a number of family, friends and colleagues waved flags and cheered them on.

The amazing challenge has seen them raise more than £2,000 to date.

Scott said, “It’s been a long tough year full of ups and downs, we wanted to challenge ourselves beyond our boundaries and make a difference to others.

“The children that we know who attend the charity’s programmes are a true inspiration to us.

“We hope that what we have done has made an impact on their lives and hopefully encourage others to step forward a make a difference also, this past year’s experience has created a lifetime of memories for us both.”

Matt said the support had encouraged the pair to complete the feat and is focusing on the next challenge for him and Scott – a 24-hour swim.

Kristina added, “What a tremendous and unique achievement Matt and Scott have done with commendable effort.

“I was honoured to have swam the last laps with them and to help raise awareness for such a worthwhile charity.”