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Donation keeps swimming club afloat

More young people in Dorchester can be taught the vital skill of swimming thanks to a generous donation of equipment.

The donation of essential floats and armbands have been donated to the Natterjacks Swimming Club in Dorchester by the Rotary Club of Dorchester Casterbridge.

The Natterjacks Club teaches young people to swim, but has been flooded with demand for places recently and was desperate for more equipment to keep it afloat.

The equipment and two storage boxes were handed to Natterjacks founder Janet Hewitt in a special ceremony at the Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre pool. The club was formed in 1977 and has around 170 members.

She said: “I am eternally grateful for all this new equipment, which is vital for our efforts in teaching young children to swim.

“And I must also thank my wonderful team of teachers for all their help and support.

“We have so many children now, it would not be possible to cope with the demand were it not for them as well.”

Rotary vice president Diana Apps said: “Janet has reached out to many thousands of children over the years, and this is as much a recognition of her tremendous hard work and dedication across our local community as it is our way of supporting her.

“We are only too delighted to have become involved with the Natterjacks. Swimming is a skill for life, and it is important we pay tribute to all she has done and indeed continues to do.”

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