12:07PM, Friday 25 November 2011
A former swimming teacher is launching a charity to support people with neurological conditions.
Pat Capp ran swimming lessons at the Magnet Leisure Centre for 33 years before retiring in 2009. The 61-year-old said part of the reason to step down was being diagnosed with a rare form of MS.
But the condition has spurred her on to start a charity for people in a similar situation.
Her son Duncan Capp, of Burnham, is also raising money for the new charity through a Channel swim next summer.
Pat, of Boulters Lane, said: "We were going to give it to the MS Society but I thought we could do a bit more than that - we can do something to benefit people with any condition. Having a disability myself means I can empathise."
Sequela Foundation aims to support neurological well-being for people with Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's, suffering from strokes or other conditions. The name is based on the word sequel, to reflect the charity's attempt to provide follow-up care after diagnosis.
Pat will set up a therapy centre at Manor Green School, Elizabeth Hawkes Way, on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month starting on January 17.
Patients will be able to come along and have a massage, take part in an exercise class taught by Pat or another trainer, or talk to a counsellor specially trained to help people with disabilities, while carers get together.
Pat needs to raise £5,000 to become a registered charity and is holding a public meeting at Manor Green School on Thursday, December 1 at 7.30pm, to offer information about the charity, appeal for volunteers with skills and benefactors.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07802 650656 or 01628 630453 for details.
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