Seven year old from Seaford gets in the swim for charity

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When seven year old Nettie Glandfield set about a charity mile swim she expected to raise about £40.

Instead the youngster, of Chyngton Cottages, Seaford, has achieved more than £1,300 and the total is still rising.

Nettie swam 64 lengths of the Seahaven pool in Newhaven on Sunday to raise funds for Seaford Downs Syndrome & Special Needs Support Group (SDSSNSG).

Her dad, Tom, said: “This charity has been invaluable to us as a family and, in particular, to Nettie’s four year old brother Pip.

“Pip has recently been diagnosed with autism and the support that SDSSNSG has made available through activities such as speech therapy, swimming, drumming workshops and play sessions has made a massive difference to our lives and those of many others.

“More and more parents are accessing it as it caters for any kind of special needs families and their children in the area.”

He said Nettie had been swimming for a while when she came up with the idea.

“She went with my wife and they did ten or 15 lengths and she casually asked how many lengths would be a mile,” he said.

“She thought she might raise about £40 but the cause seems to have struck a chord with people.”

He said Nettie, who goes to Seaford’s Chyngton Primary School, started off her swim very strongly, alternating her strokes.

“She started to flag at the end but she did it in just under an hour and a quarter.

“That’s better than I could do and she’s only seven.”

Donations can still be made online at http://www.mycharitypage.com/Tom.

The Seaford Downs Syndrome Support Group aims to provide enrichment to the lives of people with Downs Syndrome and other special needs and their families.

It provides regular activities for the children such as swimming and music classes run by fully trained individuals with experience of working with children with special needs.

Support is also offered to all individuals with additional needs and their families, sharing information and helping to create new resources in places where they may not currently exist.

For more information contact trusteee Dave Brown at dave@seaford-dssnsg.co.uk