A man with physical disabilities who swam the equivalent of the English Channel has appeared in a film made by his brother.

Matthew Baker, formerly of Stansted,swam 2,376 lengths of his local swimming pool - covering a mile per week of the 22-mile distance to raise money for The Multiple Sclerosis Society.

His brother Simon chronicled Matthew's fundraising journey in a short film, entitled 'My Brother Matthew', which was screened at Southmill Arts Centre in Bishop's Stortford last month.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Matthew Baker swam the 22-mile distance in his local swimming poolMatthew Baker swam the 22-mile distance in his local swimming pool (Image: Simon Baker)

The screening of the film and sales of merchandise raised a further £960 for the charity, taking Matthew's total to £3,243.

According to filmmaker Simon Baker, 'My Brother Matthew' aims to "shed light on the extraordinary achievements of an individual living with a disability, proving that determination and a strong spirit can overcome any obstacle".

Matthew has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, type 2 diabetes and tunnel vision. Swimming is one of his main pleasures in life, and he has previously completed one-mile swims for various causes and charities.

He was inspired to raise money for people with multiple sclerosis after seeing a video of DJ and radio presenter Scott Mills, whose mother has the condition. He also has friends who have been affected.

The documentary, which is one hour and nine minutes long and available to watch on YouTube, takes viewers on a journey through Matthew's life, demonstrating his unique challenges and the "heart-warming" support system that has rallied around him.

In a crowdfunding page for the film, Simon said: "The film will follow Matthew over the course of a typical week in his life, highlighting his struggles, challenges and his highs and lows, documenting what it's like to be disabled in 21st century Britain."


Matthew attended the screening of the short film, along with his family, friends and members of the community who supported him throughout his journey.

The screening also featured a "heartfelt" discussion and Q&A with Matthew and Simon, offering audiences a deeper understanding of his story.

The money Matthew raised has been donated directly to The Multiple Sclerosis Society, which supports people with multiple sclerosis and funds critical research towards finding a cure.