Millom swimmers go to great lengths to fund events
Last updated at 16:37, Tuesday, 29 October 2013
YOUNG disabled people in Millom completed a sponsored swim yesterday as they raised hundreds of pounds to pay for new inclusive activities.
Youngsters with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome all took part in the challenge by swimming lengths of the pool at Millom School.
They managed to raise around £500 and were each presented with a medal and certificate at the end of the fundraiser.
Millom Parents and Carers Disability Group put on the event to raise money for a new charity, which aims to make sure young disabled people in South Copeland don’t miss out on fun activities and opportunities.
Mandy King, who has a seven-year-old autistic son called Benjamin, said she was hugely proud of all the swimmers.
Mrs King, 40, of Duke Street, Millom, said: “It was fabulous. Everyone had a great time and the lifeguard presented medals at the end of the swim, which I thought was brilliant.
“One parent who couldn’t swim got in the pool with her twins. It was brilliant to see everybody getting involved.
“The funds will go towards the group taking part in activities which they wouldn’t otherwise be able to join in with locally.”
The Millom Parents and Carers Support Group was set up in March by Mrs King’s husband, Jonathan, and Gemma Toman.
They have so far managed to attract 68 members aged between two and 30 years old.
A new charity being set up by the group hopes to put on regular fun events and encourage the disabled youngsters to try out new sports and activities.
Over the summer, members of the group attended 26 horse riding sessions at the Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre in Silecroft.
For many of the children, it was the first time they had ever ridden a horse.
Mrs King said: “We have had lots of first-time happy moments with the children, like when we went horse riding. It’s very special. Some of the older ones wouldn’t leave the house if it wasn’t for these sort of activities.
“The group is so important as parents support each other and have a good old chat. A lot of the time, we can’t take our children to other support groups so it is nice to have one of our own.”
The group has put on coffee mornings to raise money for the activities and have had donations from Millom Bike Group and Millom Infants School.
First published at 15:55, Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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