The boys were joined by Paralympic athlete and former member of the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Squad Krissy Vaesey as they finished the final laps with a audience of cheering friends and supporters. The boys raised a whopping £3000.
Matt and Scott commented on how hard the challenge was but so glad they had the oportunity to raise money and awareness for the group.
Wow! I'm sure everyone connected with the group will join me in Congratulating and thanking the boys for their fantastic efforts.
During the event, the boys attracted the attention of Keri-Anne Payne, 2012 Olympic Open Water Swimmer and Paralympic athlete and former member of the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Squad Krissy Vaesey who will swim the last few lengths with them.
From Keri-Anne Payne:
"Swimming a million metres in less than a year is a tough but rewarding challenge, and Matt and Scott are to be admired for doing so in order to raise money for the Seaford Down Syndrome Special Needs Support Group, a charity that helps children with additional needs access activities and support more readily than had been previously available. I congratulate Matt and Scott and hope their efforts raise as much money and awareness as possible for this great cause." - Keri-Anne Payne
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These two outstanding young men took on the challenge of swimming a million metres in one year which translates to 116 lengths of the pool a day.
They both are very motivated to test their endurance. They have completed a number of other events between them such as midnight London to Brighton cycle ride and Matt has completed 3 Marathons. This task is an incredibly difficult physical challenge; it is the equivalent of swimming 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 provide we thought they were very worthy of our fund-raising efforts’
Seaford Down's Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group approached Wave Leisure in planning the swim programme for the local children. The weekly swim class has been designed around the specific needs of the children and works extremely well. The children have benefited greatly from this Swimming Programme and we have seen fantastic results. The group also offer other programs such as a weekly Music Programme and monthly Family Drop In's for the whole family, providing many activities to support and help the development of these children.
The group has lots more plans for expansion this year which is great news for the children and families who benefit from this wonderful local resource.