Padiham pals to tackle gruelling Great Manchester Swim

A Padiham man whose sister tragically died from anorexia is to tackle an open water swim for a charity which helps sufferers.

Daniel Seddon’s “talented and caring” sibling Charlotte lost her battle with the condition aged just 17 – but he is set to tackle the Great Manchester Swim in her memory.

Former Gawthorpe High School pupil Daniel has teamed up with his friend Jamie Ashworth (27) to do the gruelling one mile swim in Salford Quays.

British Aerospace worker Daniel, of Balliol Close, is hoping to raise money for the charity Beating Eating Disorders (Beat) in memory of Charlotte.

He said: “I’m doing this for my sister. It is a dangerous disease, it is one of the mind, it is not about food, and it got the better of my sister. I want to make people aware and raise as much money as possible.”

His chosen charity Beat is a helpline and online support group to help youngsters overcome their eating disorder.

Daniel added: “I’m looking forward to it. A mile swim doesn’t sound that daunting but it is 65-plus lengths.”

Jamie, who works at One Stop in Padiham, dreamed up the idea of doing the Great Manchester Swim to raise money for Cancer Research.

He said: “I have had family members affected by cancer so it is a charity close to my heart.

“I started swimming at the beginning of the year because I decided as a New Year’s resolution to do something for charity.

“I decided to do the Great Manchester Swim and my friend Daniel is doing it with me.

“I loved swimming when I was a kid but as I got older I got out of it. I have never done anything like this before.”

Daniel has been training for months for the swim which is set to take place on July 20th.

Jamie, of Villiers Street, said: “I have been training at Padiham Leisure Centre doing a mile swim there twice a week.

“I have done one open water practice in Todmorden Reservoir.”

To sponsor the pair see www.justgiving.com/Daniel-Seddon or www.justgiving.com/Jamie-Ashworth.