An evening was held by Droitwich Lifesaving Club in November to celebrate the achievements of its members and to toast the organisation becoming the first of its kind in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to achieve the prestigious ClubMark accolade.

Members, parents and teachers all went along to the event where the ClubMark certificate was presented to two of the senior group members, Carl Ridsdale and Thomas Hodgson by local councillor, Richard Morris. He also handed out a host of other awards, including the RLSS UK Beach and RLSS UK Survive and Save certificates achieved in Barry Island.

Chairperson Rhian Hughes and the rest of the committee and teachers were congratulated for their hard work and perseverance in achieving such a high standard.

Stuart Cooper from Stroke Association West Midlands gave an informative talk to members of all ages, along with parents.

His speech included how to recognise the symptoms of a stroke, how to help stroke victims and how to prevent them. He also spoke about the work carried out by The Stroke Association to help people get their lives back on track after a stroke.

After the formalities, there was a buffet and a fun swim for club members.

Chairperson Rhian Hughes said: “It was great to see such a good turnout at our celebration event, especially the plenty of parents who came to share our excitement.

“I am so proud of all the members for the awards they have achieved, and absolutely thrilled that our club has been presented with ClubMark.

“We’ve worked very hard to get it and it’s a true testament to the high standard of teaching we deliver here.”