An annual bike ride has helped to make swimming lessons for disabled youngsters once a week for a year, a reality thanks to funds raised.
A team of 80 cyclists took on an 82 mile trek from Nottingham to Skegness on Saturday, raising more than £4,000 in the process with more still coming in.
Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter was there to present medals to the riders as they crossed the finish line at The Embassy Pool, Skegness, which is where the money will go to provide private pool hire for the children.
Emma Slack, who has been involved with setting up the classes with the support of pool manager Suzy Kilner, said: “The money will pay for lessons for disabled children for a whole year.
“It’s very expensive and something I’ve wanted to set up before.”
Emma who is part of the parent group ‘sharing minds’ and a mother with disabled children herself, heard about the sponsored ride through Suzy at the pool, who knew funds were needed to get the classes going.
“As I am not a charity, the money will go to LPCC, Lincolnshire Parent Carer Council and from there, to the pool, to help hire it, provide flotation devices and more,” added Suzy.
This is the twelfth year the cycle ride has taken place. It is held in memory of Neil’s father Ronald Green who died from terminal cancer in 2001.
“I didn’t know how to get over that so I ran the New York Marathon then, in 2001, I knew people in the company [EON] did a bike ride to Skegness and decided to rejuvenate it. There were eight riders then and in 11 years we’ve raised £52,000, which has been given to many charities in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire,” said Neil.
The outside pool was hired out from 11am to 5pm with food and drink supplied by the cyclists to provide a fun day for guests.