Party as Seals club cel­e­brates 60 years

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

ASWIMMING club which has been teach­ing peo­ple to swim for 60 years cel­e­brated with a party for its mem­bers.

Founded in 1957, the club is for any­one with dis­abil­i­ties who wants to swim, with Par­a­lympian Dame Sarah Storey as its pa­tron.

The club marked its mo­men­tous an­niver­sary with a cel­e­bra­tory evening at Mac­cles­field Town Hall – ex­actly 60 years af­ter the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing to set up the club in 1957 at the same venue.

Ron Gill, who has been chair­man of the club for 37 years, says it is hugely pop­u­lar be­cause ev­ery­one is treated the same.

He said: “It’s good be­cause we are deal­ing with peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties but we treat ev­ery­one the same, re­gard­less of their abil­ity when they come into the club.

“We’re a fun club, we have 30 min­utes of swim­ming and 30 min­utes of play­ing.”

Ron joined the club in 1981 af­ter los­ing a leg in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent.

He said: “We all have some­thing to work to­wards. I went along be­cause I wanted to learn to swim, and I was eu­phoric when I swam my first mile. The party was a great cel­e­bra­tion of our 60 years.”

Al­most 100 mem­bers past and present joined the party at the town hall, in­clud­ing mayor of Mac­cles­field Coun­cil­lor Alift Hare­wood-Jones MBE.

A mes­sage from Dame Sarah Storey was also read out, in which she sent her con­grat­u­la­tions and apol­o­gised for not be­ing able to at­tend the event due to cy­cling com­mit­ments.

Wendy Moss, the club sec­re­tary, gave a brief his­tory of the club and of her in­volve­ment and ac­knowl­edged all the vol­un­teers past and present who had made the run­ning of the club pos­si­ble.

The club, which is a reg­is­tered charity and has about 50 mem­bers, has a pool­side chair-hoist to help peo­ple with mo­bil­ity prob­lems en­ter the pool com­fort­ably.

It re­lies on do­na­tions and grants to keep run­ning. Vol­un­teers, of­ten young peo­ple who are tak­ing part in the Duke Of Ed­in­burgh scheme, also help run the ses­sions.

The club meets on a Fri­day evening at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre.

To join the club, make a do­na­tion or find out about vol­un­teer­ing, visit www. mac­cles­field­

Mac­cles­field Seals mem­bers past and present cel­e­brate its 60th an­niver­sary

Adam Hen­son with fan Muriel Pear­son dur­ing his visit to Prest­bury House Care Home

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