A FATHER and son duo from Barrhead are celebrating after swimming the length of the English Channel in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Chris Kennedy and his boy Patrick dived headfirst into the mammoth 22-mile challenge at The Foundry pool, which saw them rack up 1,416 lengths between them.

They took on the fundraising task in memory of Chris’ friend and colleague Dougie McDowall, who tragically died of cancer just before Christmas last year.

Dougie worked alongside fellow lecturer Chris at Glasgow Clyde College, where staff have been completing fundraising challenges throughout the year in his honour.

Dad-of-three Chris, 45, said: “We go to The Foundry a lot and we noticed that staff there were promoting this challenge.

“I was keen to get Patrick involved in something like this and he has learned a lot about why it is important to do fundraising.

“My colleague died of cancer just before Christmas and we’ve all been trying to do positive things in his memory, to keep his name alive.

“We have now raised nearly £1,000, which is just phenomenal.

“I’m proud of Patrick. He’s generally been doing half of what I’ve done every time we’ve been to the pool. If I did 60 lengths, he did 30. It’s really been quite a lot for a nine-year-old.”

The impressive efforts of Chris and Patrick were part of the Macmillan Swim It challenge, which asked people to swim the length of a famous waterway throughout October.

Staff at The Foundry also tasked themselves with swimming the length of the River Clyde.

Chris and Patrick are still collecting sponsorship cash and you can donate at www.swimit.macmillan.org.uk/fundraising/swim-it-macmillan-cancer-support.