Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund

Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire are celebrating a £3000 funding award from the Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund.

Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “I would like to thank the Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund for their most generous grant. This will help fund staffing costs for many of our ever popular sessions.”

Sporting Challenge organises sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. They organise activities which include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities. Last year the charity organised its first short break.

They currently support around 50 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. Around a third of its members are aged 16-22.

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund was established in 1970 under the authority of the Court of Protection in London on behalf of Mr Frank Bruce Baily Thomas, who was mentally disabled.

Frank Bruce Baily Thomas was born in 1916, the only child of F. K. Munro Thomas and Gertrude Sarah, the only child of William Edward Baily, a gentleman of independent means and himself the only child of William Baily, one of the joint founders in 1855 of the Mansfield Brewery in which he had a one half share in the Partnership.

During Mrs Baily’s widowhood, the growing profits from their one half share in the Brewery were divided equally between herself and her daughter, under a Trust created by Mr Baily’s will. The Will Trust provided that on the death of Mrs Baily, the whole of the income from the Brewery interest should flow to the daughter, Gertrude, for life and that on her death the income and capital should pass to her children. Frank therefore received the income from his Grandfather’s Will Trust during his minority and the capital on coming of age (then 21) in 1937.

At the age of 3 or 4, it became apparent that Frank had learning disabilities. His mother died when Frank was 7 years old. During her lifetime Gertrude Sarah Thomas created a Marriage Settlement from the resources of capital in her direct ownership (which did not include the Mansfield Brewery shares). This Settlement provided an income for Frank’s father and on his death in August 1970, the capital of the Marriage Settlement passed to Frank.

When Frank attained the age of majority in 1937, his learning disabilities made it necessary that his inheritance should come under the control of the Court of Protection (then known as the Management and Administration Department of the Court). A Receiver was appointed by the Court to manage Frank’s affairs.

In 1970 a review was carried out in light of the most recently enacted Mental Health Legislation and the situation which would arise on Frank’s death. At this time Frank’s estate consisted almost entirely of Mansfield Brewery shares. In October 1970 a proposal was put to the Court by the Receiver to transfer by way of gift, to two separate Settlements, Mansfield Brewery shares. The Divestment Scheme was approved in its entirety and the two Settlements – Charitable Fund and Provident Fund – were set up. The Charitable Fund was to receive shares with an approximate value of £780,000 and whose objects would be mainly (a) research into the causes of “mental handicap and mental illness” and (b) promoting the care and alleviation of those who suffered from these disabilities. The Provident Fund was to receive shares with an approximate value of £670,000 and would be used to set up a Provident Fund for past, present and future employees of the Mansfield Brewery, and their dependants, with a reversion to the Charitable Fund at the end of the trust period.

Over the years following 1970 there was a substantial increase in the capital value of the Mansfield Brewery shares held by the two funds and those remaining in Frank’s personal ownership (which, under the terms of his will, would eventually pass to the Charitable Fund). In December 1999 Mansfield Brewery was taken over by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries as a result of which the Charitable Fund received approximately £43million in cash and 6million Wolverhampton & Dudley shares (value c.£30million).

Frank was well cared for during his lifetime and reached the age of 80 years before dying in January 1997. His name, however, by virtue of the Charitable Fund, will live on in perpetuity.

For more details visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606.

For more information on Bailey Thomas visit http://www.bailythomas.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

Sporting Challenge Tenth Year Anniversary Request For Help

 

Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire is going to be ten years old this year. The charity will be having a tenth year anniversary celebration in the summer. Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves.

Sporting Challenge are asking West Lancashire residents and businesses for their help.

Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “I would like to ask the generous residents and businesses of West Lancashire to make a donation to our charity in its tenth year. This will help us reach the next ten years. You could make a one off donation or sponsor one of our activities. Please email westlancsedward@btinternet.com or call 07971 299606.”

Edward adds: “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved over the ten years. The support staff, the parents and carers, the trustees, the committee members and members of the group itself who come to all our activities and have such a great time week in week out.”

Sporting Challenge organises sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. They organise activities which include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities. Last year the charity organised its first short break.

They currently support around 50 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. Around a third of its members are aged 16-22.

For more details visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606.

 

 

 

 

Sporting Challenge 2018 Short Break

Hedley Foundation :

 

Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire are one charity who have benefited from funding from the Hedley Foundation.

Sporting Challenge received £1,000 in January to go towards their 2018 Short Break.

The Hedley Foundation is a grant giving charitable foundation which supports small to medium sized charities which work with young people.

William Hedley was born in Newburn, Newcastle in 1773 and went to school in Wylam, 8 miles to the west. He became a colliery manager at the age of 22 and was one of the leading engineers trying to improve the system of transporting coal by horse power along wooden trackways. Cast-iron plate rails (with the flange on the rail rather than on a wagon wheel) were laid at Wylam Colliery in 1808 and William Hedley developed the system of coupling of wheels which gave locomotives with smooth wheels sufficient adhesion, even on smooth rails, to haul a train of loaded wagons. This he patented in 1813, the year in which he also unveiled his famous locomotive, Puffing Billy, with a revolutionary and reliable design to carry power to the coupled wheels.

Puffing Billy marked a major stage in the development of railway locomotion. George Stephenson, generally credited as “father of the railways” (and also brought up and living in Wylam, though it was said he and Hedley were not the best of friends) did not produce his Rocket until 1825. Puffing Billy remained in use until 1862. Although they later moved to the Lake District, William Hedley’s descendants remained coal mine owners until nationalisation in 1947.

The Hedley Foundation was set up in 1971 and endowed from a family trust of which the principal asset was the compensation received on nationalisation. It is a registered company and a charity.

The principal aim of the Trustees’ grant-making is to effect change for the better in the lives of young people.

Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the Board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves. The charity is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

The charity aims to provide sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. They organise activities that our members feel are most beneficial to them in improving their health, fitness, well-being and enjoyment of physical activity and those which they are most likely to continue with. These activities include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities.

They currently support around 46 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. Around a third of its members are aged 16-22.

Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “I would like to thank the Hedley Foundation for their very generous funding award. The group really enjoyed the 2017 break so I am sure this years’ one will be just as popular !”

For more details visit http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606.

 

 

 

 

Funding Award from John Laing £1000

Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire are one charity who have benefited from funding from the John Laing Charitable Trust.

Sporting Challenge received £1,000 in January as part of this Programme.

Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the Board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves. The charity is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

The charity aims to provide sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. They organise activities that our members feel are most beneficial to them in improving their health, fitness, well-being and enjoyment of physical activity and those which they are most likely to continue with. These activities include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities.

They currently support around 46 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. Around a third of its members are aged 16-22.

Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “I would like to thank John Laing for this funding award which will make a huge difference.”

For more details visit http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606.

 

 

 

Funding News

Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire are one charity who have benefited from funding from Cllr Mark Perks the Lancashire County Council Champion for Youth.

Sporting Challenge received £1,000 in December as part of this Programme.

Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the Board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves. The charity is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

The charity aims to provide sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. They organise activities that our members feel are most beneficial to them in improving their health, fitness, well-being and enjoyment of physical activity and those which they are most likely to continue with. These activities include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities.

They currently support around 46 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. Around a third of its members are aged 16-22.

Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “We are working with Lancashire County Council and its Transition Social Workers to provide support/ sessions for adults transition aged (16-22) this can be a difficult time for the adults and their families. There is a lot of change and they can easily move from school/ college and not keep their friendships. There are potentially more members in need of us in this age range. I would like to thank Cllr Perks for this funding award which will make a huge difference.”

For more details visit http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606.

 

 

Sporting Challenge Activities

 

Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the Board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves.

Our charity aims to provide sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. We organise activities that our members feel are most beneficial to them in improving their health, fitness, well-being and enjoyment of physical activity and those which they are most likely to continue with. These activities include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities.

We currently support around 46 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. We are working with Lancashire County Council to provide support/ sessions for adults transition aged (16-22) this can be a difficult time for the adults and their families. There is a lot of change and they can easily move from school/ college and not keep their friendships. There are potentially more members in need of us in this age range.

 

 

Have a read of our leaflet :

SCA Leaflet 2017

Disco Dates 2018

Maghull Disco 2018 Dates-

• 26th Jan
• 23rd Feb.
• 23rd March (week early because of Good Friday)
• 27th April
• 25th May
• 29th June
• 27th July
• 31st Aug
• 28th Sept
• 26th Oct
• 30th Nov
• 14th Dec

 

Big Night Out dates:

  • Jan 26th
  • February 23rd
  • March 23rd
  • April 27th
  • May 25th
  • June 29th
  • July 27th
  • Aug 31st
  • Sept 28th
  • Oct 26th
  • Nov 30th
  • Dec 21st

The Big Night Out is at The Wardens, 244 Blaguegate Lane, Skelmersdale Lancs WN8 8TX. Cost £5.

The Maghull Disco is at Maghull Royal British Legion, Liverpool Rd South, Maghull, Liverpool, L31 7DJ. Cost £1.

These are nothing to do with Sporting Challenge.