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24 February, 2020


Deaf youngsters make fundraising splash


You may not realise it, but for deaf people swimming comes with many complications.

One of the most challenging aspects is not being able to wear hearing aids, or cochlear impacts not functioning in the water.

So, for one group of young people, raising money at the Northwich Rotary Club annual swimathon was no mean feat.

Youth service manager Hannah Nicoll was part of the team and supported one young person, who was very nervous and not a competent swimmer, at the event which took place at Northwich Memorial Court.

Hannah said: “We swam each length together with him telling me when he wanted me to hold the float or when he wanted to swim on his own.”

She added: “We were extremely proud of each young person as they all personally achieved so much!”

The team of six young people and two supporting staff swam 75 lengths in 55 minutes to raise money to help the Youth Vibe youth service which is attended by youngsters affected by hearing loss across the whole of Cheshire.

Hayden, who attends Youth Vibe, commented: “I really enjoyed the swimathon.

“It was hard because I couldn’t hear what was going on but after the first few laps, I enjoyed it lots and want to do it again with all my friends and raise money for the deaf club.”

He continued: “I feel proud to help my club for trips and things and other charities.

“I would love to go again and I want to raise more money for the club so will do it again and again. 10 out of 10, great, amazing fun, loved it!”

Youth Vibe raised £325 which will be split equally with the Rotary and towards its own fundraising.