Thursday, February 28, 2013
Community spirit is alive and well in Honiton.
Community spirit is alive and well in Honiton – the town has rallied to raise enough money to purchase a specialist hoist and disabled changing bench for Honiton Swimming Pool.
The appeal for new equipment for nine-year-old Jamie Dyer, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was launched by the Midweek Herald last October and captured the hearts of readers.
Keen swimmer Jamie was finding it difficult to access the swimming pool without a specialist ceiling track hoist.
Leisure East Devon (LED), which runs the swimming pool, last week received confirmation that the money had been raised to purchase the new equipment.
Jamie and his mum, June, met with some of the sponsors, including members of Honiton Twirlstars and Paula Lane, representing Honiton United Charities.
Jamie and his mum have thanked the community for their tremendous support.
Jamie said “Thank you very much.”
However, the young swimmer has already got his sights on paralympic success and added: “A bronze, silver or gold medal would be nice.”
His mum, June, added: “It means he is going to be able to go swimming more often. It is just brilliant.”
Leisure East Devon had set aside £2,000 for the equipment, but needed to find a further £2,000.
Money has been donated by Honiton Round Table, East Devon District Council, Active Devon and many individuals.
LED is currently collating all the donations and the money left over will be set aside for any further equipment needed in the future.
Swimming is an important part of the Honiton Primary School pupil’s physiotherapy and it is hoped the installation of the equipment will take place later in the year.
Local business NJ Lane Adaptations has also offered to donate an unused hoist.
Simon Davey, the manager of Honiton Leisure Centre, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the response from the local community.
“I am delighted to announce that sufficient funds have now been raised for the much needed provision of the equipment which is hoped will be to the great benefit of Jamie and many other disabled people in the local area.”
Jamie is keen to get back into the water and will be taking part in a sponsored swim in April.