A sponsored walk has helped to raise much-needed funds to support a valuable community therapy pool in Newton Aycliffe.
A group of hearty volunteers walked four miles along Aycliffe Way to raise awareness and cash for the Pioneering Care Partnership’s ‘Dive In’ hydrotherapy refurbishment campaign.
PCP’s hydrotherapy pool supports more than 7,000 people a year with recovery, pain relief and rehabilitation, without the need for a doctor’s referral to the pool to help.
But due to its age, it often breaks down, which is why the PCP is fundraising to replace it with a new pool.
The sponsored walk – which raised £236 – was the first of many events planned this year, which are designed to encourage people to take part, and by doing so improve their own wellbeing, health and fitness.
Simon Peacock, an ambassador for the ‘Dive In’ campaign, opened the event by explaining the benefits he has experienced from using the pool to rehabilitate from a recent stroke.
“The pool has helped me massively, it enables me to complete physical therapy, supporting me to regain mobility and strength in my arm and leg,” he said.
“I was always a keen swimmer and being able to use the pool really helps me with my recovery. I can’t fully swim yet, but I’m getting there and my confidence is coming back.
“The staff are really supportive and attending has helped both me and my family. The pool is an amazing resource.”
PCP chair Barry Knevitt said: “Our campaign which aims to raise £410,000 is now just over half way, your help today will support those families across the north east like Simon’s that rely on this resources for recovery, rehabilitation and pain management.
“Your donations will support PCP to help more individuals by, increasing the size of the pool, improving lifting and hoist equipment and allow us to provide better equipped changing rooms.”