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Founder's ill-health forces Wirral charity to close
A WIRRAL charity that has helped thousands of children over the last ten years has been forced to close after its co-founder was diagnosed with cancer.
Swallows and Amazons Adventure Group was formed in 2003 with the aim of giving youngsters experiences to improve their lives.
Founders Tom Bolton and Beverley Anderson dedicated their spare time and effort into running the charity.
But Tom, who is 73, was diagnosed and treated for terminal cancer in January.
He said: “Sadly, I can’t continue in my current role due to ill health, I truly do not have the energy to do so, but would if I could.
“It has been nice to see the great improvements every child has made during their adventure of a life time.
“I have seen some wonderful children accomplish fantastic things and I am sure they will carry on achieving their goals as they continue in life.”
More than 400 volunteers have worked for the charity, helping raise more than £330,000 in donations.
Tom added: “We have been supported by several key private donations made by Wirral residents.
“Although they wish to remain anonymous, we would like to express our genuine appreciation, without them the charity could not have continued.”
Co-founder Beverley said: “It's been a pleasure to work with the children.
“It was a sad day that we decided to close down the charity as it has been a significant part of our lives for the last ten years. Thank you to everyone who has been involved.”
Tom and Beverley sent a message of thanks to all trustees, volunteers, supporters and the patron for the charity, actress Virginia McKenna.
Over theyears, local children have taken part in activities including caving, hill and gorge walking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and raft building.
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