The Long Swim: Endurance Swimmer’s Brighton Stop Inspires Community Beach Clean

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As part of Lewis Pugh, a British endurance swimmer’s swim down the length of the Channel, Surfers Against Sewage have organised a community beach clean up for Brighton seafront.

With this summer’s heatwave having drawn more and more visitors down to our city, the need for more community beach cleans has never been more urgent. Last weekend’s Pride festival saw almost 500,000 people flock to Brighton, meaning that despite the additional cleaning teams working around the clock, the beach was left in a particularly sorry state.

Images taken on Sunday morning showed enormous amounts of rubbish left from the previous nights parties.

Whilst the state of the beach following last weekend was obviously a one off occurrence due to Pride, there’s no denying that the council simply need more support from local people in order to work together to maintain the the beauty of our beach, as well as protect our marine wildlife.

In light of the busy summer leading to more plastic pollution, Surfers Against Sewage have organised a community beach clean that will coincide with Lewis Pugh’s penultimate stop at Brighton on his swim along the the length of the channel, on Sunday 19th August.

Having teamed up with Surfers Against Sewage, as well as Speedo and UN Environment, Pugh’s swim will see him cover the entire length of the English Channel, from Cornwall to Dover, entirely unaided. If he is successful, he will be the first to complete this epic challenge, consisting of an incredible 348 miles in total.

According to the JustGiving page set up to raise money for this feat, Pugh is intending to raise awareness for the main issues currently facing our country’s seas – primarily plastic pollution. Success in Pugh’s most recent challenge will be just another to add to the list: Lewis is the only person to have completed long distance swims in every one of the world’s oceans.

To take part in the community beach clean, meet at Meeting Place Cafe, Brighton, BN3 2WN at 10am. For more info, please see the Facebook event.

For more information on the rest of Lewis Pugh’s ‘The Long Swim’, please visit the JustGiving page. All proceeds will go to Surfers Against Sewage’s campaigns.

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