Polar Dip at Aberavon Beach in memory of Cwmavon postman
BRAVE fundraisers will be making a splash this weekend in memory of a popular Cwmavon postman.
The annual Polar Dip in aid of the Mathew Mizen Foundation is being staged at Aberavon Beach tomorrow.
Yesterday was four years exactly since Mathew tragically passed away.
He died at Singleton Hospital following health problems linked to an undetected lymphoma.
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The 25-year-old from Heol Crwys in Cwmavon was a well-known figure in the village, where he worked as a postman for eight years.
He also featured regularly on the wing for Cwmavon RFC.
Since his death, his family and friends have raised thousands of pounds for the Mathew Mizen Foundation, all of which has been donated to community causes.
His dad, Rhidian Mizen, the man behind the Polar Dip, said: "We have probably raised around £10,000 over the years.
"We like to spend it in the village because he was one the village postmen and he played rugby in the village.
"We hope to keep his name going and to remember him.
"We have donated some money to the junior school, some of junior teams in the village have received money and the old age groups."
Mr Mizen said he and some family members went to visit Mathew's grave yesterday on the anniversary of his death.
"It is a poignant day," he said. "We went to visit him and put some fresh flowers down."
This year is the third time daring swimmers have dived into the freezing waters at Port Talbot for the Polar Dip.
"Anyone can take part and are welcome," he said.
"We are expecting around 20 people to come along.
"The first year we had 16 people and last year we had 22. If we can get 25 people it would be great."
He added: "I am doing it for the third time.
"You don't seem to notice the cold too much because of the adrenaline, but it hits you when you come out."
Swimmers who want to take part need to meet at the toilets opposite Aberavon Beach Hotel at noon.