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Sharron Davies Launches Charity’s Splash Appeal

f86793745ec8ee81d58c90d2feaab080.pngSharron Davies MBE Launches Charity’s Splash Appeal

Former Olympic swimmer, Sharron Davies MBE, this week launched the Diverse Abilities’ Splash Appeal at the Haven Hotel.

The Splash Appeal is a major project to build a specialist therapy pool for adults with disabilities in Dorset and will be based at the local charity’s activity and therapy centre, The Beehive, which supports up to 50 adults.

Children supported by the charity will also have access to the therapy pool and will therefore support hundreds of local people living with physical and learning disabilities.

At present Diverse Abilities is unable to provide the high level of therapy needed by ever growing numbers of adults with disabilities. This is largely due to medical progress which is enabling many children with incredibly complex disabilities to survive into adult hood where they previously would not. The charity is able to offer hydrotherapy to children at its specialist school but have no facilities to continue this once they become adults.

Most adults supported by Diverse Abilities are unable to use public pools due to the low temperature and poor accessibility, and there are no warm pool facilities in Dorset dedicated to providing therapy for adults with lifelong disabilities.

There are a range of benefits of a therapy pool for adults with disabilities. These include: reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms, improve mobility, psychological well-being, achieving the freedom of movement that cannot be achieved on land, incredible physiotherapy opportunities such as straightening of the spine whilst 721de3b30b2f79cf02ca67860fcb0492.jpgfloating or beneficial chest physiotherapy in the water, plus it has the potential to prolong life.

Helen Mortimer, development manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “The Beehive is a wonderful facility, which enriches the lives of many adults living with a disability.  But, our vision for the therapy pool is to truly transform lives. The new pool is extremely important to these adults. Without it, we will not be able to meet the increasingly complex needs of adults as they grow and develop.

“We want to support more adults like James. He attends the Beehive every weekday and receives one-to-one support. He is 36 and his mobility has decreased a lot in his adult years, largely due to his arthritis. For James the use of a therapy pool is vital. Through sound and facial expression, he communicates and shows his enjoyment. He can move with less pain and he can even walk in the water. James currently access the hydro pool at our specialist school Langside, but this is not regularly enough. James deserves more and with the new pool located at The Beehive, he and others will benefit immensely.”

To build the pool, Diverse Abilities needs to raise £1million. By supporting the project or making a donation, you will be helping to transform the lives of many adults with disabilities in Dorset.

There are many ways to get involved and support this cause, making this vision a reality. To find out more please visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk/splash, a82df4b3c6c5785732f61b7eb4357357.jpgemail splash@diverseabilities.org.uk or call the charity on 01202 718266.

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