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Charity day inspired by Penny Dean

A charity day is being held on September 18 to raise money for the North West Dwarf Sports Association.

The event, which will be held at St Paul's Church Hall in Compstall, is being organised by members of the Marple Bridge and Mellor U3A who were inspired to help the organisation following a talk from a representative Penny Dean OBE.

The charity day is open to all and will include children's games, competititons, refreshments and much more. 

U3A secretary Barbara Scholes said: "Penny Dean OBE is an inspiration to all who suffer from this disability. After her talk, we decided to organise the charity day to raise awareness as well as funds. We have also adopted the association as our charity for this year.''

Penny Dean OBE

The charity day gets under way at 10am. 

The North West Dwarf Sports Association aims to make regular sporting opportunities accessible to anyone and is supported by Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds who first came into the national spotlight when she won two gold medals at the Beijing Summer Paralympics at the age of just 13.

Speaker Penny Dean OBE from Hazel Grove set up the sports association with her husband Arthur to encourage confidence in people with dwarfism. The couple were both awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2014.

The U3A meets on the third Tuesday of each month at St Paul's Church Hall at 10am and always tries to engage some interesting speakers. 

The July meeting will introduce Geoff Scargill on "Miracle in Manchester" which a talk about John Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra.

Following this in August, Graham Short will speak about his work as an engraver to the Queen.

Around 200 people are members of the U3A and also enjoy frequent trips which will include Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, the National Coal Mining Museum and Christmas at Chatsworth later this year.

New members are always welcome. For more information about the group, membership and events, take a look at the website: