TWO lifeguards are taking the plunge by swimming a million metres to help raise funds for a Seaford charity.
Matt Eades from the town and Scott Morgan from Saltdean are hoping to complete the feat over the course of a year to support the Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group.
The organisation was set up by Seaford mum Sen Smallwood following the birth of of her son Finn, who was born with Down’s syndrome.
Sen went on to meet other parents locally who had children with the condition and other special needs and started organising regular get-togethers.
The organisation, which meets monthly and has sensory music classes and swimming lessons for the youngsters, was given a welcome boost recently by becoming a registered charity.
The monthly meetings are held at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, the music classes at Mickefield Nursery School and the swimming lessons take place at Seahaven Pool.
Sen has been grateful for all the support from the community and said, “It’s been absolutely great working in partnership with Wave Leisure.
“We’ve been running the swimming classes for almost a year and there’s two lifeguards that work there who have decided to raise money for us.
“They wanted to do it because they have seen the children swimming for the last year and seeing how wonderful the group is and how vital these things are for the children.”
The challenge will see the duo swim the equivalent of 116 lengths of the pool a day for 347 days, which is the approximately the same distance at travelling from Brighton to Glasgow.
Matt said, “We chose to raise money for the children of the Seaford Down’s syndrome and special needs support group as we know the children and families very well.
“The group regularly runs a swim session at our pool. Seeing first hand how much of a challenge learning to swim is for them and finding out more about the other services the support group provides we thought they were very worthy of our fundraising efforts.”
The group has families from Seaford and the surrounding areas who meet regularly to share their experiences and different therapies.
Sen, who said the group has enjoyed a productive year and worked hard to gain charity status, added, “I think Wave Leisure staff have been the most amazing, supportive, friendly bunch.
“This just consolidates how wonderful they are really and what an inspiration these young people are.”
If you would like to sponsor Matt and Scott please contact Seahaven pool on 01273 512498 or visit www.seaford-dssnsg.co.uk