Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith visited the Lifestyle Centre recently to observe members of the Seahorse Swimming Club during their weekly swimming session.
The club, which caters for people with disabilities, were very successful during 2017. As well as being awarded the Queen’s Award of Voluntary Service, they also enjoyed success at the regional and national Halliwick Galas.
Ms Smith was given a brief account of Seahorse by long serving volunteer and vice chairman, Michael Roberts. She also observed and interacted with the swimmers while they enjoyed their swimming session and chatted to the club officials and the families of the children.
Laura Smith commented: “What an absolute pleasure it was to attend Seahorse and to meet all of the members and the fantastic volunteers. The atmosphere in the Lifestyle Centre pool was wonderful, with people with varied disabilities and of mixed ages all having fun and taking part.
The volunteers do a marvellous job but as always more are needed, and I would encourage anyone who likes to swim to look into volunteering at this fantastic club for an hour a week.
Seahorse Swimming Club represents everything that is good about our communities. The benefits for people with disabilities are endless. I was genuinely moved speaking to the swimmers, their families and the volunteers.”
Club Secretary Gareth Roberts said: “It was so pleasing to see our local MP showing so much interest in Seahorse during her visit. Our members were thrilled to chat to her and show off their skills in the water. She praised the Club for its achievements and also complemented the volunteers for their efforts and dedication.”
Seahorse was established in 1956 and offers a valuable service to people with disabilities in South Cheshire. They meet every Thursday evening at 7.00pm at the Lifestyle Centre and rely on volunteers to carry out their activities. Anyone who would like information about volunteering can contact Gareth on 01270 629958.
Picture: Laura Smith MP (on the right) with volunteers Jackie Roberts and Nicole Lawson at a recent Seahorse swimming session