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Grantham swim club for visually impaired makes a splash

Members of the Optimeyes Swim Club meet up at Belton Woods Hotel.
Members of the Optimeyes Swim Club meet up at Belton Woods Hotel.

A special swim club for the visually impaired has enjoyed its first six weeks at Belton Woods Hotel.

The club has been put on through Optimeyes which has enabled South Lincolnshire Blind Society (SLBS), supported by funding from the Big Lottery, to put on the club which helps those with limited sight gain confidence and meet others with the same challenges.

On Monday, those taking part in the swim sessions were each presented with a certificate.

The swimmers also gave feedback to a Lottery representative and it is hoped the sessions will be able to continue in the future.

Eve Farley, who co-ordinates the Optimeytes project for SLBS, said: “Some of the comments from the participants have been hugely positive. They are all keen that the activities we have started continue.

“We will need more volunteers to help with the Swim Club to make sure it continues. Belton Woods have been greatly supportive of the club and we are very grateful to them.

“Optimeyes project has also started a shooting club in Grantham which started in January and is for everyone including visually impaired.”

Seamus Coen , resort general manager at Belton Woods, said: “On behalf of QHotels and Belton Woods, it has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be in a position to support the Blind Society with the six week program at our leisure club and see the ladies confidence grow as a result and we wish all our participants every success for the future.”


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