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Swimmers support hospital pool appeal

Swimmers support hospital pool appeal

Published at 2:35pm 12th January 2016. (Updated at 5:13pm 12th January 2016)

Members of Harrogate District Swimming Club have raised over £4,000 in support of an appeal to upgrade the hydrotherapy pool at Leeds Children's Hospital.

A sponsored swim covered the equivalent of the distance from The Hydro in Harrogate to the hospital pool.

It was Jessica Mudd, Occupational Therapy Clinical Service Manager at Leeds Children’s Hospital, who came up with the idea for the swim.

She said: "The hospital pool is a well-used facility which benefits children from across the region in need of specialist rehabilitation.

"It has recently been refurbished, but needs some multisensory equipment, so the children receiving treatment have a more engaging and effective session using special lighting and sound.

"Often the warm water of the hydrotherapy pool is the only way some children can receive physiotherapy, because it helps to relax muscles that are tense due to a condition or pain.

"This sort of treatment can often be painful and tiring, but with this equipment, the experience of our young patients will be vastly improved.

"I'm absolutely thrilled the club wanted to get involved and their cash will really make a big difference."

Junior swimming coach Richard Heselton added: "All the members of the club are well aware of the strong links between swimming, water and good health, and this appeal to help improve the hospital hydrotherapy pool is a subject close to all our hearts. 

"Some of our club members are swimmers with disabilities, so we are particularly aware of the benefits of the hydrotherapy pool and its therapeutic effect.

"We hope our contribution will help other youngsters have an even better experience in the future."

More details about the appeal at www.justgiving.com/leedsth