Help and funds needed for club

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By MARK PEARSON

WHIT­TLE­SEY’S Manor Dol­phins chil­dren’s swim­ming club is seek­ing new vol­un­teers and ex­tra funds.

And who bet­ter to en­sure it stays well afloat than Nor­wich and Peter­bor­ough build­ing so­ci­ety ad­viser Ge­orgie Sansby, who spends her spare time help­ing to run the swim­ming club.

Ge­orgie, who is a cus­tomer ad­viser at N&P Whit­tle­sey, in Mar­ket Place, has been help­ing to run the club with her fam­ily for more than 10 years at Manor Leisure Cen­tre, in Sta­tion Road.

The club has run for more than 30 years and has al­ways been staffed solely by vol­un­teers. It teaches young­ster swim­ming and wa­ter safety skills and en­cour­ages them to make friends and live healthy life­styles.

Ev­ery year it hosts a gala where swim­mers com­pete in 25m, 50m or 100m races. It has 70 mem­bers, aged seven to 20, who at­tend classes on Wed­nes­days from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Ge­orgie said: “I re­ally love be­ing in­volved with the Manor Dol­phins.

“It may seem very dif­fer­ent to my day job, but I just love help­ing so many peo­ple to learn to swim, as it means that I am play­ing a part in teach­ing them a po­ten­tially life-sav- ing skill. It’s such a lot of fun, too, and so re­ward­ing.”

She added that the club needs to con­stantly fundraise to en­sure its sur­vival.

She said: “As it is run solely by vol­un­teers, in or­der to keep the club run­ning, reg­u­lar funds need to be raised.”

The club’s fundrais­ing ef­forts have in­cluded a spon­sored widths swim on May 5 and lengths spon­sored swim on May 12.

The club is al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers and swim­ming teach­ers to help out.

Any­one wish­ing to find out more about the classes or to of­fer sup­port should con­tact Kevin or Ge­orgie Sansby on 01733 205182.

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