Jack Wood, a young man from Rosemarket, has fulfilled a lifelong ambition by swimming across the Cleddau River.

Jack has Down’s Syndrome and swims with the Pembrokeshire Puffins every week, but doesn’t usually do open water swimming. 

But on Monday, August 13th, he achieved what he had always strived to do, and in doing so raised money towards buying a defibrillator for his village.

He swam from Pembroke Ferry to Burton Ferry, around half a mile. He had his cousin Rachel Jones swimming with him - with family and friends kayaking nearby for safety cover. 

It took him just 20 minutes and he celebrated with a pint of cider, and then family and friends put on a party and presented him with a certificate and a medal to mark what everyone felt was a huge achievement for him. 

Along with family and friends on the bank at Burton, representatives from Rosemarket Community Council turned out to cheer him on. 

Jack enjoyed his day enormously and has raised over £500 so far. It is still possible to donate on his just giving page  - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jacksswim.