A swim school, which believes every child should have the chance to learn to swim, is sponsoring a little boy who is partially sighted.

Puddle Ducks Dorset is sponsoring Teddy, aged two from Blandford to give him the opportunity to swim with the school for another year.

Teddy from Blandford started swimming with Puddle Ducks at Dairy House Farm in Blandford in November and has since grown to be an extremely confident swimmer. Teddy’s mother, Victoria, swims alongside Teddy each week, and could not be happier with his progress and the support they have received from Puddle Ducks.

Victoria said: “Swimming is such a fantastic skill to have and one that could potentially save your life. I have always believed that children who are able to swim should be taught how to swim from an early age. Teddy’s illness meant we couldn’t start his lessons as early as we wanted to. Despite a Strabismus in one eye, he has caught up with all the boys and girls in his class and his weekly swimming lessons are now the highlight of his week.

She continued, “I am so thankful to Puddle Ducks and all they have done for us over the past few months. Teddy has gone from the boy who wouldn’t sit in a paddling pool last summer to the boy who has to jump in the pool!!”

It comes as part of a charity initiative aimed at giving children from all walks of life the opportunity to participate in activities that they might not have otherwise been able to.

Jane Bozic, owner of Puddle Ducks Dorset and West Hants, said: “We believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim. Being able to give Teddy the opportunity to have swimming lessons as our sponsored child has been extremely rewarding. Teddy came to his first lesson very nervous of the water, but now, his nerves have gone and he is becoming a very confident little swimmer! The team are so glad Teddy has joined the Puddle Ducks family.”

Puddle Ducks provides award-winning swimming classes for children from birth up to 10-years-old. Lessons are taught by experts who have undergone extensive training. They focus on teaching independent swimming in a nurturing environment with individually tailored activities to suit all abilities. Classes take place at pools across Dorset & West Hants including; Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ferndown, Blandford and New Milton.

For more information about Puddle Ducks please call 01202 674676 or visit www.puddleducks.com/dorset