Lifesavers need to cash share to replace equipment lost in fire
SUPPORTERS of a lifesaving club are hoping a share of a competition prize will buoy its chances of buying equipment it lost in a blaze.
Members of Aberavon Surf Lifesaving Club have been cutting out all the coupons they can from the Evening Post to submit for the Cash For Your Communities prize of £25,000.
The cash pot which is being offered in conjunction with Western Power Distribution will be divided up between groups across South West Wales.
A total of 50 groups in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot are competing for the prize.
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Amy Horrigan, a nipper co-ordinator with the club, said they lost so much equipment in the Afan Lido fire that any penny they win in the contest would make a difference.
She said: "Back in 2009 when the Afan Lido burned down we lost a lot of equipment.
"It was a couple of thousands of pounds of equipment.
"We have been building it up year on year and some of the items we managed to clean up through a specialist cleaning company.
"But there were certain things we weren't allowed to have back."
She added: "We also lost a lot of members through the fire as we had to move to Neath pool."
Some of the key aims of the group is to teach youngsters how to swim, along with first aid skills and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Members of the group are involved in voluntary patrols on the beach when the Round the Pier Swim is held in Port Talbot.
Miss Horrigan said: "The club provides safety cover for the children who compete in the Welsh championships and the GB championships.
"One of our seniors represented GB in the World Surf Lifesaving Championships."
The group which has around 150 members has managed to collect nearly 100 coupons so far.
She added: "We have collected 92 tokens so far mostly through our members.
"Every little helps us no matter how big or small."
The club usually plays host to a series of raffles throughout the year to help raise cash for the organisation.
Every day in the Evening Post there are Cash for your Communities tokens being published to collect right up until November 10.
The more tokens that are collected the bigger the share of the cash prize each competing group will be awarded.
Schools, community groups, charities and playgroups, along with sporting organisations ranging from local choirs, Scouts groups, netball teams, mother and baby club and elderly support group are all in with a chance of the cash.
Miss Horrigan said they had asked as many people as possible to get on board and help them to collect the coupons.
"We have mostly got family, work colleagues and people we get in touch with on a regular basis involved in collecting the coupons from the Evening Post," she added.