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Pioneer Care Partnership (PCP) is a leading third sector organisation working in the North East, primarily in the County Durham and Tees Valley Area. They focus on health improvement and reducing health inequalities.


The Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe welcomed members from the Durham Masonic Benevolent Fund to see at first-hand the work needed to renovate the centres Hydrotherapy Pool.


PCP made contact with the Benevolent Committee following a recommendation from local freemason Robbie Davison. Carol Gaskarth, PCP Chief Executive said, “As a registered charity without statutory funding, PCP is relying upon grants, donations and community fundraising to help reach a target of £410,000 to replace the Hydrotherapy Pool. Every penny received takes them one step closer to making this ambitious project a reality. They have raised about £300,000 to date but cannot rest on our laurels; all contributions are very gladly received.”


After a chat with Robbie, an application for a Community Support Grant was made to the Benevolent Committee of the Freemasons of Durham. Barry Knevitt, PCP’s Chairperson added, “The hydrotherapy pool is particularly well-used by older people, those with physical disabilities, children, young people and adults with learning disabilities. After 20 years of use it is now in need of a total overhaul.  Not only do we need to install a new pool and plant room, after listening to what users want the plans include a larger pool, more changing facilities, improved sensory equipment and better ceiling hoists.  Not cheap but much needed.”


Christos Katsambis, Jack Richardson and Stewart K Bell representing the Benevolent Committee were delighted to present a grant off £1,000 to Carol and Barry. They were keen to hear about the therapeutic benefits of Hydrotherapy and to learn that during the period of 2018 – 2019 over 19,000 Hydrotherapy Pool appointments were offered to people without the need for a medical or GP referral.

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