Last year was a big year for our Windsor shop team. 2017 was the year they were awarded the Jenkins Award for Fundraising by their local shop charity, SportsAble.
The first time the award has been given outside of the club's members and volunteers, it gave the team the chance to celebrate all the work they'd been doing at the charity and just what they'd achieved in the two years the teams had been working together.
SportsAble was set up in September 1975 by a group of people who thought disabled sport was the way forward. Now, 40 years on, it has its own club and a centre that can host 12 Paralympic sports and helps support people from grass roots sport to become Paralympians.
'I met Sarah and her team some two years ago when I was invited along as part of the volunteer fundraising team to learn about White Stuff and what they would do for us moving forward'
Ben Harris, Community Fundraising Manager at SportsAble.
As it turns out, the shop team would be getting stuck in with everything, even a swim or two.
'I joined a team of volunteers and members of Sportsable in July 2017 to take part in a 2.8k team swim of the Thames,' Shop Manager Sarah reveals.
'We trained as a team in the pool and the lakes, it was a good three months' preparation to get used to the open water conditions.'
And the result? 'The Boulters to Bray swim awarded them best team effort as their combined times of a team were faster than any other, a fabulous achievement,' Sarah adds.
But it didn't end there. Since March 2017 Sarah has become a volunteer at the Swimming sessions on a Sunday, helping members in the pool, not to mention all the work that the Windsor team have done to raise money. From selling Christmas cards to setting up Christmas raffles, there's a lot going on.
Now, with four people on the potential path to the Tokyo Paralympics, plus a few that have already got their place, it's all about continuing the great partnership. Roll on 2018.