Burscough based charity Sporting Challenge had been awarded £729 from the Skipton Building Society to go towards the cost of their various sporting and social activities. The charity used part of the funding for a coach trip to Blackpool in June 2014 where they had lunch and visited Illuminasia, the world’s largest indoor Illuminations experience at the Winter Gardens.
Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 40 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire for over six years by organising evening and weekend activities which are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle whist providing valuable respite for their parents/carers.
It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties to access sport and exercise activities with barriers including parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, or they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes.
This is where Sporting Challenge can really help as it provides special workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home again.
Sporting Challenge Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy “The group had a fantastic day in Blackpool. The people we support enjoyed a day out in Blackpool with their friends and this allowed their parents/carers to have a break. Over recent years we have received a lot of funding from building societies/ banks and supermarkets. The media often “bashes” such organisations but we know from first hand experience how their charitable schemes make a huge difference. I urge local charities to apply themselves for such funding as it is really quite straight forward.”
Sporting Challenge Chairman John Haggart also said “I am delighted with the support we received from the Skipton Building Society which has enabled us to organise this enjoyable trip to Blackpool”.