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Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) is a user-led organisation, established over 27 years ago. Today, WDP has a team of nearly 50 staff and over 200 volunteers, over 85% of whom are disabled people. Together, they deliver 27 mobility and independent living facilities from their facilities in Warrington, Liverpool and North Wales. In addition, 2 of their projects impact on the lives of disabled people around the world.
Dave Thompson, joint founder and Chief Executive, is a full time wheelchair user after sustaining a spinal cord injury whilst playing American Football in 1989. He has tetraplegia, with limited use in his left arm and none in his right arm and both legs. Dave started scuba diving in 2009, he is PADI Advanced Open Water accredited, with 200 dives. He has had articles published on the benefits of diving for disabled people and is a regular speaker at exhibitions and universities.
Dave launched the Going the Extra Mile Scuba Challenge 7 years ago to help raise funds for WDP and to provide the opportunity for other disabled people to try the sport of Scuba Diving.
This year, Dave will be joined by over 30 able bodied and disabled divers including his dive buddy, Dave Williams, Dave Kelsall who is living with stage 4 cancer of the oesophagus, John Munslow who has had spinal surgery, Mark Purslow who has Becker's Muscular Dystrophy and also a full time wheelchair user and two families, led by Dave Sloan and Dave Thompson who will have three generations taking part. The youngest being 8 years old Heather-May and 9 year old Chloe.
The Scuba Challenge will be held on Saturday 20th October at Woolston Leisure Centre from 4pm. Over 30 divers have registered, and there's room for more.
A huge thank you to Derek Howden and his team from Cheshire Scuba Academy who will be providing kit, instructors, underwater and poolside support. And to Livewire who have provided the pool, facilities and their staff.
If you want to join us, please contact Kate, Brun or Dave on 01925 240064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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