Published: 06:00, 19 February 2021
An Ashford dad is taking the plunge as he seeks to raise money for charity.
Willesborough resident Max Smith is swimming in the sea for 90 consecutive days to raise money for Mental Health UK.
The 29-year-old Network Rail worker said he was hoping to "raise a few pennies" for the charity while also helping his own state of mind.
He said: "With the world in its current state, mental health is more important than ever before.
"There are so many people struggling with all types of mental health, and I for one have struggled particularly bad the last year or so.
"Taking on this challenge, I believe the benefits to my state of mind afterwards will have changed for the good dramatically.
"While I'm hoping to raise a few pennies for charity, the most rewarding part of all this will obviously be to take control of my mental health and hopefully help others along the way."
Mr Smith's campaign has received a huge amount of support, bringing in a total of £2,620 - almost nine times his original goal of £300.
He said he was "overwhelmed" to reach the milestone.
"I never really expected for it to go this well - I'm doing it for myself but the support has just been absolutely overwhelming," he added.
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