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David Williamson Trust supports Challengers Swim Club for over 15 years

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Challengers are delighted to have been supported by the David Williamson Trust for over 15 years.

Founded in 1902, the David Williamson Trust supports organisations that work with children and young people in the Guildford area.

Their support goes directly to the Challengers Swim Club, a service we offer to children aged 6 to 16. Our inclusive Swim Club offers our children a safe and supportive environment to gain confidence in the water while having lots of fun in the process. The teachers and volunteers help them achieve Stage 5 swimming level which gives the children the courage to swim independently.

Swim Club Project Manager, Mel Longmire says: “Being able to swim at this level is a fantastic feat for many of our children who have struggled in mainstream lessons.

“At Challengers, they are free to express themselves and are supported by teachers, parents and volunteers to swim competently.”

She continues: “I was blown away watching our last group swimming, seeing how happy they were in the water and the confidence and enthusiasm with which they tackled each stroke.”

It is thanks to David Williamson Trust that this club can help so many disabled and non-disabled young people learn this vital skill, while also having fun and making friends. At Challengers, we stand for breaking down barriers and creating environments where children are free to express themselves and we are very pleased to be able to continue this service.

In the last 5 years, the generous donations from the David Williamson Trust have helped 120 children learn to swim!

Alan Green, Trustee at the David Williamson Trust, says: “Challengers is run and supported by a committed group of enthusiastic staff and volunteers.

“Over the years, members of the Trust have been privileged to visit the charity during a number of its different play activities and events. We always notice the enjoyment of the children and the support from the staff and volunteers.”

He continues: “It’s a great charity that fulfils a need both for the children and their parents. The DWT trustees are proud to have been able to support them over the years and look forward to continuing to do so in the future.”

Find out more about the David Williamson trust on their website.

Thursday 16th January 2020