Cheeky Wigan fund-raiser takes chilling plunge on hitting charity target

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A Wigan soldier planning a charity hike in aid of suicide prevention charities has honoured a daring promise with a comedy twist.

Jordan Swain, who has lost two foster siblings to suspected suicide in less than a year, will be embarking on a Southport to Wigan yomp with fellow squaddies in August but has already been raising sponsorship money.

And in a Wigan Today article last week about his very personal quest, he promised that if donations had passed the £2,000 mark by the weekend, he would don a Borat-style mankini, rubber ring and armbands, then leap into Scotman’s Flash.

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As if such an incentive were needed (!) the target was easily passed and the Poolstock 26-year-old was true to his word.

Jordan Swain takes the plunge at Scotman's FlashJordan Swain takes the plunge at Scotman's Flash
Jordan Swain takes the plunge at Scotman's Flash
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Family and friends joined Jordan on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal townpath to cheer him on as he leapt into the lake. It may have been one of the few warm days of the year so far, but that didn't mean that the water was hospitably warm.

"It was freezing,” said Jordan. “But anything to raise the profile of the cause I am championing.”

His charity mission comes after the death of his foster brother David Ball, 25, in October and then his 21-year-old foster sister Zoe Winstanley last month, both of whom were found hanged and leave young children behind.

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Jordan Swain in mankini and rubber ring ready for his leap into Scotman's FlashJordan Swain in mankini and rubber ring ready for his leap into Scotman's Flash
Jordan Swain in mankini and rubber ring ready for his leap into Scotman's Flash

Jordan says that outwardly both of them appeared fine in the weeks before tragedy struck but they must have been “suffering in silence,” without seeking help from organisations which could have steered them away from taking their lives.

He admits that during his time in the army and having long spells away from home, that he too has battled mental health demons.

So on August 17 Jordan and friends from the 1st battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment are taking part in their 20-mile Southport to Wigan trek. And to spice things up a bit, they will be wearing very small pairs of pants, aka “budgy smugglers” – which will cover as little modesty as the mankini.

The organisations for which they are raising awareness and money are Andy’s Man Club, Combat Stress and the Well Women Centre in Leigh.

To sponsor Budgy Smuggler walkers or make a donation, visit Jordan’s GoFundMe page.

If you need someone to talk to, The Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. Alternatively email [email protected].

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