Brothers get in the swim to raise cash for Harrison’s fund

CHALLENGE Chris Moat, left, with brother Andy are supporting Harrison Smith, inset.
CHALLENGE Chris Moat, left, with brother Andy are supporting Harrison Smith, inset.
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TWO brothers will be making their way to the Isle of Wight this weekend in a charity swim challenge.

Andy and Chris Moat, who grew up in Stubbington, are going to swim across The Solent in aid of a charity set up by a friend to fund research into muscular dystrophy.

Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith

And they have already got pledges of more than £5,000 for the three-mile swim, scheduled to take place on Sunday, in aid of Harrison’s Fund.

All being well, they will leave Fort Gilkicker in Gosport at about 8am on Sunday and arrive in Ryde in the early afternoon.

Alex and Donna Smith set up the fund in the name of their son after he was diagnosed in early 2011 with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Although the six-year-old lad, from Cobham in Surrey, looks healthy, his muscles are wasting away. The condition is likely to leave him in a wheelchair by the age of 12 and many with the disease die in their late teens or early 20s.

Andy, from Cliff Road in Hill Head, said: ‘Chris and I have always gone out and done adventurous stuff together and we do quite a few iron man and triathlon competitions.

‘I’ve just become a father as well and that changes your perspective on life – hearing about what they’ve been going through with Harrison, and thinking that that could happen to anyone.

‘It was a combination of the challenge and wanting to help that got me involved.

And the duo have been practising hard in the sea.

‘Most of the competitions we do are on lakes, and the swim is 2.4 miles at the most, so it’s a bit different from this,’ added the 37-year-old.

‘It could be relatively easy, or it could be quite extreme. We just need the weather to be kind to us.’

Harrison’s dad Alex said: ‘We’re all going over to the Isle of Wight for the finish to see them come in. They’re doing a great job for Harrison.’

The brothers will be joined by 10 others who will also be taking part in the swim.

To sponsor them go to mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/andyandchrisswimthesolent
For more information go to harrisonsfund.com