MITSUBISHI Motors in the UK’s Used Car Sales Manager has dived into his latest swimming challenge to raise funds for the Aspire charity.

Swimathon veteran Paul Flint will support Aspire, which provides the essential equipment, advice, housing and grants that spinal cord injured people need to live independently, by taking on its Charity Swim Challenge.

Paul has until 4th December to swim the 22-mile distance of the English Channel. He’s tackling the challenge by visiting his local pool at 6.30am on his way to work, swimming 80 lengths – the equivalent of 2km – in each session.

The father-of-two, who has been the brand’s Used Car Manager for over 10 years, is also set to take part in the challenge while on holiday in Iceland, taking advantage of the country’s naturally-heated outdoor pools. Such is his dedication, Paul’s on target to complete the challenge by mid-November.

Having grown up by the sea, Paul’s always had a passion for swimming and surfing. He’s surfed for over 40 years throughout the UK and Europe and is also a member of the Royal Life Saving Society.

Paul said: “I’m really enjoying the challenge and it’s giving me a lot of motivation to get moving in the mornings! It’s a lot of effort in the pool, but it’s a great deal of fun at the same time.

“Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury and the work that Aspire does is invaluable in helping those people to live independently, so I’m delighted to use my interest in swimming to help raise some much-needed funds for the charity. I’ve already raised well over what I hoped to and the support has been amazing, with friends, family, Mitsubishi dealers and several of our service providers having been very generous in their sponsorship.”

If you would like to support Paul in his challenge, you can sponsor him by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/paul-flint-2017-channel-swim-22371