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Painting Olympic success
Thursday 2nd August, 2012

Painting Olympic success
Lft to Rt: Creative Start members Elaine Delaney, Sam Delaney, Paul Carrington and Emma Wilson. WLCT’s Chief Executive Stuart Murray in front of some of the paintings donated.

Visitors to Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre can enjoy a taste of the Olympics following a special donation.

Seven paintings celebrating the Olympic Games have been donated to the facility on Loire Drive, Wigan as part of a project to support people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse.

Creative Start which meet twice a week in Hindley donated seven pictures to Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT).

Elaine Delaney, voluntary mentor for the group, said: “The pictures depict Olympic athletes who have achieved their goals through strength, determination and self-belief.

“We feel these traits are essential in order to succeed in recovery.

“Our aim is firstly to show the hidden talents we have in our town and at the same time we bid to break down barriers and stigmas which issues such as these carry. Recovery is possible.”

Chairman Sam Delaney, set up the group two years ago, he said: “Art is a fantastic way to help people struggling to come to terms with an addiction.

“It’s therapeutic and you really have to concentrate and focus. It teaches patience and improves your self-esteem.”

Chief Executive of WLCT, Stuart Murray, said: “We’re delighted to accept these paintings and display them to celebrate London 2012.

“This is a wonderful festival of sport that really will be a fantastic event to watch but don’t forget there are lots of Olympic themed events and activities taking place across the borough over the next two weeks to get involved in.”

Visit www.wlct.org/olympiad for more information on events taking place in your area.

The Creative Start group meets twice a week at Tudor House Comm Centre, Liverpool Rd, Hindley on Wednesday evening from 6.30pm till 9.30pm and Thursday 10am till 2pm. Clients need to ring
Sam Delaney on 07511 875 707 for further details.



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