Pisces Swimming Club for the Disabled members were able to go on a summer outing thanks to a Celton Manx Recognition award.
The award funded a trip on the Isle of Man Steam Railway from Douglas to Port Erin, followed by lunch at the Falcon’s Nest Hotel and a return train ride to Douglas for 42 Pisces members who were escorted by a team of volunteer helpers.
Pisces club secretary Barry Dulson said: ‘Everyone had a really good time and thoroughly enjoyed their train ride and lunch. We’re a small charity with only limited means, but we do all we can to raise extra money for treats such as this. Without the Recognition award we would never have been able to fund this outing, which brought together our social members and those who are active in the pool, so made for a great atmosphere. All of us are extremely grateful to Celton Manx for acknowledging our therapeutic work with people with physical and/or mental disabilities and for providing us with the funds to make a memorable day out for our members.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery welcomed club members when they arrived at Port Erin station. He said: ‘Barry and his team of volunteers are not only giving club members able to take advantage of the swimming pool a unique opportunity to enjoy and benefit from an activity they normally wouldn’t be able to achieve, but they’re also providing some well-deserved respite for their families and carers.
‘The third sector is struggling to deliver its services against a background of an increasingly challenging economic landscape and widespread reassessment of charitable giving. Our Recognition programme is about supporting those smaller “under the radar” charities with only modest resources yet which are succeeding in making a very real difference to people’s lives. Pisces fits that profile admirably and Celton Manx is pleased to have rewarded their efforts with this Recognition award.’
Recognition is the corporate social responsibility programme of Celton Manx and, in 2019, is benefiting 22 local good causes.
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery, extreme left, is pictured with Pisces Swimming Club for the Disabled members and volunteers at Port Erin railway station. (Photo Martin Moore)