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Dolphins closer to splashing out on new sound system after donation

Youngsters at Thetford Dolphins Swimming Club have sound reasons for welcoming a donation from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 29 June 2017 12:00 AM

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The club, with almost 100 members, is a step closer to being in position to buy new audio equipment thanks to a little help towards their target figure of around £3,000.

The company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East, has given the club a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme.

It donated the money following an application from employee Ann-Marie Francis, who works for Network Operations as Lead Delivery and Business Services Assistant at the Bury St Edmunds office.

Ann-Marie, who became secretary of Thetford Dolphins last year having previously been its social secretary, has a 13-year-old daughter, Maisie, who swims competitively for the club.
Ann-Marie said: “The club is delighted to have received the award from UK Power Networks which will be put towards a new sound system.

“We put on major galas in the region and urgently need to update the system we currently have as it’s a bit antiquated which means people are struggling to hear the race announcements.

“This money will go towards that and we hope to have the new system in place before the end of the year so that everyone can hear what is going on at our meets again. We have been doing fundraising already for much of this year.

“The new sound system will improve commentary during races, but is important for safety as well as practical reasons as it gives out key information.”

Thetford Dolphins is a competitive swimming club catering for non-swimmers to regional standard swimmers, whose aim is to support and encourage swimmers of all ages to learn to swim, swim for fitness and improve and progress in the sport of competitive swimming.

The Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage staff to volunteer in, and support local communities, and promotes healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.