An appeal is hoping to make a big splash as it targets £1m to build a new pool for disabled children.
Paralympian Josef Craig MBE helped launch The Splash Appeal, which aims to raise £1m to build a new hydrotherapy pool at the Percy Hedley Foundation, at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle.
Julie Calvert, head of marketing and income generation for Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “The Splash Appeal is the biggest fundraising challenge we’ve taken on in the charity’s 60 year history.
“Our plans to build a new, state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool at our Killingworth site will bring huge benefits to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
We are also planning 24 residential units for pupils and for respite use.”
For more information on the appeal visit www.splashappeal.org.uk
Josef said: “Swimming is a passion for me and has been since I was nine. I know how much joy it can bring and I know that, for people with severe cerebral palsy, the sense of freedom that being in the water can bring is very therapeutic.
“The Splash Appeal is raising money for an important resource for the region’s disabled children and I’m totally behind it.”