The Orchard Trust

A new accessible Hydrotherapy Pool

Our new pool will offer wellbeing, exercise and fun. With your donation we will bring the benefits of moving in water to our disabled clients and to the local special needs community, from the young to the old.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (801122)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£8,000

Amount raised

£9,315

Donations

71

Championed by The Reed Foundation

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Disability can cause painful conditions and reduced mobility. Opportunities for exercise can be limited. For local people with learning or physical disabilities public pools can be inaccessible. At the Orchard Trust we believe that swimming and exercise should be available to everyone, regardless of their needs and abilities. In Gloucestershire and surrounding areas accessible hydrotherapy facilities for people with special needs are very limited, and high costs can limit access.

Solution

Our new Hydrotherapy pool will provide accessible, affordable facilities to people with disabilities. Swimming is a wonderful feeling for people with painful conditions or reduced mobility. Hydrotherapy strengths muscles, improves fitness, promotes wellbeing and it is great fun. Every penny we raise will enable our disabled clients and the wider special needs community to benefit from the freedom and joy of swimming, in a safe and welcoming environment.

  • Some clients use a wheelchair and enter the pool with a hoist. Once in the water clients are able to relax and move freely, relieving aches and pains. It is so lovely to see the happiness on their faces and their relaxed and comfortable state.

    — Swim Gym Manager

  • Clients with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities often spend much of their time using a wheelchair, but using the pool gives them physical freedom and relaxation. Clients who cannot communicate verbally can still let staff know they are enjoying the swim by relaxing, smiling and laughing.

    — Support Worker

  • In the pool disabled children can do things they can't possibly do on dry land. The water supports their bodies and they can play catch and kick the ball. It gives them a chance to do things other children can do. They get so calm and relaxed in the water.

    — Swim Gym Manager

  • Hydrotherapy enables clients who have difficulty walking to maintain mobility and core strength. Clients are able to move freely in the water, in a safe environment.

    — Support Worker