World-first virtual reality ‘swimming with dolphins’ experience in Northampton wins animal rights award

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Rebecca Gill pictured after receiving her ‘Proggy Award’ from PETA which recognises animal-friendly ideas.Community learning disabilities nurse Rebecca Gill has bagged an animal rights accolade for her virtual swimming with dolphins experience, Virtual Reality Therapies, in Northampton.It’s a world-first business idea, which sees four hydro pools and virtual reality (VR) headsets combined together to provide ‘immersive therapeutic technology’ for children with learning disabilities or for adults who are disabled. This week, Rebecca was handed an award by animal rights charity PETA for designing a new interactive experience that ‘encourages people never to swim with captive dolphins, visit aquariums and marine parks’.Pictured from left to right by Kirsty Edmonds in February ahead of the launch date: Ros Stone, Rebecca Gill and Matt Fishlock.Sign up to our daily newsletterThe i newsletter cut through the noiseRebecca said studies have shown the links between the therapeutic benefits of people swimming with dolphins and by doing it through VR it avoids having the animals in captivity.She said: “As a learning disability nurse, my passion is bringing innovative therapeutic experiences to those who need them the most.”By using virtual reality instead of imprisoned animals, we can help prevent dolphins from …

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