Seaton challenge is for ‘only fools and seahorses’

Intrepid duo plan to swim to Beer to raise funds for an African aid mission

THEY are calling it the challenge fit for “only fools and seahorses” – a swim along the coast from Seaton to Beer.

Businessman Philip Price, 51, and his friend Lisa Wood, a classroom assistant at Seaton Primary School, will battle the chilly sea and strong currents when they attempt the 1.2 mile course later this month.

They will set off from Fisherman’s Gap at Seaton around noon on Sunday, April 22, accompanied two friends with considerable nautical know-how in back-up canoes - former Olympic team rower Carol Rapley and Des Linn who was with the Antarctic survey team.

The hardy duo are braving the cold and tricky sea conditions to raise money for a medical mission to Zanzibar, in Africa, this summer.

Mr Price’s daughter Amy, a former Woodroffe School pupil who is studying medicine at St Andrew’s University, Fife, plans to spend four weeks in Zanzibar, in June, helping to teach health education.

Philip, who runs a recruitment business from his home in Colyton, said Amy needed to raise �1,600 to pay for her trip and they hoped their swim would chip in with at least �500 towards the total. He said a bucket would be available on the beach for people to put money into and those who could not be there could donate to Amy’s fund-raising website at or by sending a cheque, payable to One Heart Source, to her at 2A Murray Park, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AW

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Meanwhile, Amy is busy learning Swahili ahead of her trip, which is being organised by One Heart Source, a charity which provides health education for people living in impoverished countries.