Making a splash for disabled children
PUBLISHED: 15:05 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:41 12 March 2015
Swimmers take the plunge for Lady Taverners' Play Spaces Appeal
YOUNG swimmers in Dartford, Gravesend and Bromley have been making a splash for charity this week.
They have been challenged to see how far they can swim to help raise cash for the Lady Taverners’ Play Spaces Appeal.
The charity points out there are currently more than 770,000 children under the age of 16 in the UK with a disability (6% of the child population) and that more than 60% of local authorities in England have cut their budgets for childcare and play services since 2011.
The Lady Taverners hope to raise £250,000 so special schools catering for children with severe learning and physical disabilities can access suitable outdoor play equipment to give their pupils the chance to experience outside play.
The youngsters are all from Angela’s Swim Schools and the fundraising swims are taking place at pools at Dartford Grammar School for Girls, Hilton Dartford Bridge Hotel in Dartford, Cecil Road Primary in Gravesend and Bromley High School.
The cash raised is to be presented to the Lady Taverners at a lunch in April at Birchwood Golf Club.