Making a splash: duo finish million metre swim

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A DIP a week is enough for most of us, but this dynamic duo have just completed a million metre swim to raise money for charity.

Seaford lads, Matt Eade and Scott Morgan, made a splash as they reached the final leg of their astounding 116 lengths a day at Seahaven swimming pool on Tuesday December 13.

They were joined by former paralympian Kristina Veasey who swam the final 20 lengths with them. The duo raised more than £2000 for Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group, founded by Senay Smallwood from Seaford. Thrilled Senay said: “The last day of the swim was brilliant. It was outstanding.

“There were people on the balconies, waving and cheering on the swimmers. We had managers from Wave Leisure and members of staff and many children from the charity. It was fantastic. The swim has raised over £2000. It was wonderful, it was so inspiring, and lovely, and incredible.”

Matt and Scott gave up more than 500 hours to complete the task which they undertook after seeing children from the charity taking swimming lessons in the pool. 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 charities 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 added: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to have achieved this challenge for the charity as it is such a worthwhile cause. The next challenge have set ourselves is to undertake a twenty four hour swim.”

The duo and Senay were shortlisted for the BBC Sussex Sports Award and BBC Volunteer Award in recognition of their efforts and were due to find out if they had won last night (Thursday).