A SWIMMING club with a rich history in friendship has launched an SOS appeal for volunteers.

Durham Otters has been running for more than 30 years and caters for people of all ages who would find a traditional swimming club unsuitable or inaccessible.

Chairman John Chamberlayne is appealing for more swimmers and volunteers, in particular for someone who would be able to transport someone from Newton Hall, who wants to come to the sessions but cannot get there.

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He said: “They don’t have transport and need a car lift so they can put their wheelchair in the back.

“They are terribly keen to come and it’s such a shame that they are stopped through a transport issue.”

He added: “The aim of our sessions is to enjoy ourselves and get some exercise without even realising it.

“It means so much to the people who come here. We cater for disabled adults, some living in supported accommodation who don’t get out much, and the club is a major part of their social life.”

  • Sessions cost £2 and take place on Mondays during school term time, between 7pm and 8pm, at Freeman’s Quay, in Durham. Call 0191 386 2146 for more information.