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Mermaids spotted at Fistral Beach!

Mermaids spotted at Fistral Beach

MERMAIDS were spotted leaping out of the sea at Fistral beach in Newquay on Thursday 5th September - but this was no myth or movie. Instead it formed part of a special day of beach activities created for people with learning disabilities.

Peninsula Community Health and the Health Promotion Service Cornwall teamed up with Freedom Surf, a project enhancing freedom from disability through surfing, to run the free event at Fistral Beach.

It included free surfing taster sessions provided by Freedom Surf, as well as a sponsored fancy-dress Big Mermaid Dip in aid of the Mermaid Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, while staff had an opportunity to raise awareness of breast screening among women with learning disabilities.

Inbetween catching waves people had a chance to get involved with a variety of beach games such as football, rounders, cricket and golf thanks to the Cornwall Sports Partnership.  Steve Hillman, Sport Inclusion Officer at CSP said "Today was a wonderful day, the idea of the day was to promote healthy living, the beach games definitely helped to educate everyone in how important physical activity is to living a healthier life".

Help with running the day came from Peninsula Community Health primary care liaison nurses, the health promotion liaison for learning disabilities and the Cornwall Health And Making Partnerships (CHAMPs) team, eight people with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions employed by Cornwall Council to raise awareness of the needs of people like themselves. Team member Neil Oats said: "It's our job to make sure people with a learning disability get a better life. Getting out and being active makes you feel better in your head and your body. We made sure people had fun and stayed healthy by telling them about staying safe in the sun."

More information on Disability Sport can be found here or by contacting Steve Hillman at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 07837 311539.