08:09AM, Wednesday 29 February 2012
Funny man Timmy Mallett was on hand to cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Sequela Foundation yesterday.
The charity was started by former swimming teacher Pat Capp last year to support people with neurological conditions.
The foundation hosts a therapy centre at Manor Green School, Elizabeth Hawkes Way, Maidenhead, on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
Sessions started in January before the official launch attended by the deputy mayor Cllr Colin Rayner and his wife.
Founder Pat, 61, said: "The deputy mayor and mayoress were very good and offered any help the Royal Borough could provide. I think they can see there is this need."
The therapy centre has so far helped about 18 people with conditions including Ataxia, Parkinson's, strokes and post-Polio. It offers hand massages, back massages, reflexology and exercise classes.
Pat added: "People have said it has changed their lives. It's so important and everybody we tell says they can see there is this need."
"Now we need lots of fundraising to keep us going as we want to offer more therapies and counselling."
The launch featured singers from Lowbrook Academy, in Cox Green, which has adopted the foundation as their chosen charity and has so far donated £300 through a carol concert and school fairs. The children entertained the party with Let's Twist Again and songs from Joseph.
The foundation needs to raise £5,000 to become a registered charity. A quiz on Friday raised £1,500 and Pat's son Duncan Capp, of Burnham, is attempting to swim the channel in July to raise funds.
The charity is also looking for people with business skills to join the committee and people to share their skills.
The next meeting, on Tuesday, March 13, will feature a nutrition talk by Ann Garry from Marlow FM followed by a visit from the Windsor Clinic on Tuesday, March 27.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01628 630453 for details.
Visit www.swimduncanswim.com to donate.
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