Disabled swimming club in Downham Market gets £2000 cash boost

Members of the swimming club take to the pool. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Members of the swimming club take to the pool. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

A West Norfolk swimming club for the disabled has received a £2,000 grant to help it continue the good work it does in the community.

The Downham Market Otters club has just celebrated its 25th anniversary and has about 60 members, half of whom are disabled swimmers, with the rest their able-bodied helpers.

The club supervises and helps disabled adults in the West Norfolk area exercise in the Downham Leisure Centre swimming pool every Tuesday from 2.30-4pm.

The exercises are based on the Halliwick Method originally developed to assist disabled second world war veterans recover the use of their limbs and has been adapted to treat many types of disability.

Max Knight, one of the club's instructors, said: 'It's brilliant news. The £2,000 from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 will be spent on sending three new helpers on a Halliwick training course and to buy two more fold-up shower chairs for use at the poolside.


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'Every swimmer has a helper in the water with them and the money will make a big difference to our ability to continue to serve the local community, enriching the lives of vulnerable people in West Norfolk.'

The Lloyd's fund was set up to help people have a positive impact on their community and grants have been given to 1400 local good causes in 350 communities.

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Nearly 1.5m votes were cast for good causes across the country earlier this year, and the Downham club was one of the winners in the region.

The club has become the go-to organisation for the local physiotherapy teams to send on their patients after their NHS treatment ends.

Has your organisation in West Norfolk benefited from a grant recently? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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