Meeting with Paralympian Ellie Simmons goes ‘swimmingly’

I CAN’T believe it is February already, spring is just around the corner, and I’m looking forward to sunnier days rather than these foggy ones. It has been a very busy week. On Tuesday I was delighted to see the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which was performed by students from all years at Cheadle Academy. The performance was fantastic, my wife, daughter, grandson and I all thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery, costumes and the performance itself, was truly amazing. Well done everyone. Thursday I was invited to Horton Lodge in Leek, where they are trying to raise funds to update the swimming pool. This is very important to the school as they teach disabled students to swim. Also attending the visit was Caroline Cooper, Mayor of Ashbourne and Rebecca Done, Mayor of Leek.

We looked forward to visiting the school and also meeting a very special guest, Paralympic swimmer, Ellie Simmonds. A special assembly was held so the children could all meet Ellie and ask her lots of questions. Ellie then showed the assembly her medals while explaining that the Paralympic Medals actually rattled, the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals all made slightly different sounds so anyone who was blind could distinguish the difference between the medals. We were all made very welcome with tea and cake. I wish them well in their fundraising efforts. I believe some fundraising has taken place, but much more is needed. Friday I went to Cheadle Academy for their Numeracy Day. There were many activities which the students can get involved in to help improve their numeracy skills. On Saturday I met with the manager and staff from the Cancer Research shop in Cheadle to chat about the importance of raising awareness of cancer. It is a word no one wants to hear, but I’m sure everyone knows someone who is or has been affected by some form of cancer. Saturday was Cancer Awareness Day. Thank you to the manager and staff for their hard work.

I was pleased to receive a ‘symbol of support’ in the form of a bracelet on the day. Saturday evening my wife and I had been invited as guests of the Cheadle Lions to their 29th Anniversary Dinner Dance and Casino night. The night was a formal one with many standing traditions observed. I would like to thank the President, Nick Watson and the Cheadle Lions for such a wonderful evening. My wife and I enjoyed the whole evening very much. More from me next week. If you would like to invite me to any special occasion or any events then please get in touch via
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