Surrey Dolphins Swimobility is a registered charity. No. 1116730
Runnymede Dolphins 10th Anniversary
and Awards Ceremony
Woking Leisure Centre – Thursday 18 October 2012
This hugely successful event was attended by 150 people, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Woking – Cllr Michael Smith & Cllr Anne Murray; the Mayor of Runnymede – Cllr Linda Gillham; County councillors; Borough councillors; and with the special guest of honour, beaming triple gold-medallist paralympian Sophie Christiansen.
In a sense, all of the members of Runnymede Dolphins are winners, like Sophie. Our youngest is 18 and our oldest is 86. We are a group of physically disabled people who go swimming each week at the Woking Pool-in-the-Park. Everyone benefits from the water therapy, the company of others and a very real chance to reach their own personal goals. They ‘give their all’ in the water, doing their best to improve their strength, fitness and mobility; and they also serve as trusty ambassadors for all physically disabled people. There was a party atmosphere; and a real ‘buzz’ as members received their awards.
Members of the Runnymede Dolphins, for a couple of hours per week, can exercise in a safe environment, under the watchful eyes of our swim coordinator and physiotherapists. Our volunteer helpers offer one-to-one care in the water; and wheelchair users are transferred into our special waterproof chairs which are wheeled directly down the shallow incline into the pool. We also provide special escorted minibus transport to and from the swim for those who need it.
This year, the world’s paralympic swimmers amazed us with their speed and agility in the water. It is in the water that our swim members can achieve total independence and freedom. And when they leave the water, the physical benefits carry them through to the next session.
We thank our main sponsor, the Surrey Primary Care Trust, for continuing to provide guaranteed funding until 31 March 2013. Without this substantial financial support our swimming sessions just couldn’t happen! We also thank their health-care professionals, particularly from the Runnymede and Woking physiotherapy and rehabilitation teams, who refer to us and support our work.
We are only a small charity but we are a great team and we make a big impact on people’s lives. To sum up, for Runnymede Dolphins, everything is going swimmingly!!! – Long may this continue.
We celebrate with pride the individual achievements of our members.....
1. Susan Clarke (MS, Runnymede)
2. Rachel Fleming (MS, Runnymede)
3. Ann Murphy (Spinal injury, Woking)
Special Award for long-term commitment
Mary Fyvie (Runnymede)
Stephen Hubbard (hearing impairment, Woking)
1. Lee Jenner (MS, Runnymede)
2. Graham Bedford (amputee, Woking)
3. Christopher Key (stroke, Woking)
1. Mike Tait (spinal injury, Runnymede)
2. Christopher Hookham (Parkinson’s, Woking)
3. Graham Clear (SMA, Woking)