Regional builder’s cash donation helps make a splash with Shepshed Dolphin Swimming Group  

A regional builder has donated £1,000 to help fund lifeguards at a Leicester swimming group for the disabled.

Shepshed Dolphin Swimming Group was chosen to receive the money by Persimmon Homes North Midlands, through its Community Champions scheme. The builder chose the group to benefit from its monthly match-funded donation.

The group provides a suitable environment for weekly pool sessions for people with a physical, sensory or learning disability, injury, weight or other medical condition. The club has recently fundraised to purchase a new hoist for the pool, but now needs to replenish funds to help to continue to pay for lifeguards and annual costs.

Nicola Crowe, from the club, said: “Our group offers specialist swimming sessions for people with disabilities. Swimming helps promote physical fitness, health, mobility and confidence.

“We are planning a re-launch now that we’ve purchased the new hoist and hope to regain members that could not access the pool without it.

“Our group is mostly run by volunteers, but we have to pay two lifeguards for every session. Thanks to this donation from Persimmon Homes North Midlands we can fund two life guards for up to 31 sessions. We cannot thank Persimmon Homes enough for their support.”

Nadine O’Dowd, sales director for Persimmon Homes North Midlands, added: “We are delighted to be able to help Shepshed Dolphin Swimming Group in this way. The installation of the new hoist means that even more people can access the pool providing low cost classes for many people who might find public swimming sessions difficult.

“If people were unsuccessful in their Community Champions application, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next recipient.”