Events

Sporting Challenge Coffee Morning on 16th May Wednesday at 10:30-12pm at Four Lane Ends Mission Skelmersdale Rd Bickerstaffe, Ormskirk Lancs L39 0EZ.

Sporting Challenge 10th Anniversary Celebration on 21st July at 7:30pm at The Legion on Lord St Burscough, Ormskirk Lancs L40 4BZ.

 

Shepherd Street Trust

 

Sporting Challenge in West Lancashire, have been awarded £400 from the Shepherd St Trust to fund activities for people with disabilities.

This funding is for swimming and bowling costs for sessions for members aged under 20.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Organiser said: “On behalf of Sporting Challenge I wish to thank the Trust for their most generous finding award. Our numbers are growing and the majority of new members are aged 16-22. This is a key area we need to support. 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. Our group can help people make new friends, grow in confidence and keep fit and healthy. If you are a parent who is interested please get in touch !”

For more information  on Sporting Challenge call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

For more information on the Trust visit- http://www.shepherdstreettrust.co.uk/

£3000 William Openshaw Street Trust

Sporting Challenge in West Lancashire, have been awarded £3000 from the William Openshaw St Trust to fund activities for people with disabilities.

The William Openshaw Street Trust, makes grants to registered charities working in Jersey and Lancashire (as defined before the 1974 boundaries changes). The Trust supports a wide range of activities in the following categories:

  • Education
  • General welfare (particularly the elderly, the blind and the disabled)
  • Family and social welfare

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Organiser said: “On behalf of Sporting Challenge I wish to thank the Trust for their most generous finding award. Our numbers are growing and the majority of new members are aged 16-22. This is a key area we need to support. 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. Our group can help people make new friends, grow in confidence and keep fit and healthy. If you are a parent who is interested please get in touch !”

For more information  on Sporting Challenge call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

For more information on the Trust visit- https://www.vcatrafford.org/news/william-openshaw-street-trust

 

 

Lancashire County Council Grants for Sporting Challenge Tax Year 2017-2018

Sporting Challenge have been awarded funding from some of the West Lancashire division of Lancashire County Councillors from the Lancashire County Council Local Member Grant Scheme.

Sporting Challenge, we are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 50 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy.These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres. Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. We provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “This is great news and will fund some of our evening activities in the future. Details of the individual awards are below. Many thanks to Lancashire County Council and it’s respective councillors. Over the last year a number of new adults have started attending and we have also tried some new activities such as sailing.”

  • Cllr David O’Toole – West Lancashire South £200 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Julie Gibson – Skelmersdale West £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Malcolm Barron – West Lancs North £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Nikki Hennessy – Ormskirk £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Terry Aldridge – Skelmersdale Central £250 for our sessions.
  • Cllr Eddie Pope – Burscough and Rufford £250 and £266.25 for our sessions.
  • Cllr Paul Greenall – West Lancs East £100 towards our sessions.

Also:-

  • Cllr Joan Burrows – Champion for the Elderly £500 for aspects of our sessions.
  • Cllr Peter Steen – Champion for the Disabled £1100 for aspects of our sessions.
  • Cllr Mark Perks the Champion for Youth £1000 towards our sessions for younger members.

Visit – http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/grants-and-funding/voluntary-community-and-faith-sectors-grants-and-funding/local-member-grants.aspx

and http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=6472&pageid=38603

Visit – www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

 

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Do you need our Wii ?

Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire are celebrating the purchase of a new computer console and wondered if anyone would like to purchase their old one ?

Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “We have a Nintendo Wii with a lot of games, all in working order, plenty of batteries , including Mario Kart with its steering wheels.  Our Wii would be very useful for a Youth group, Church group, or school perhaps. If you are interested in purchasing it off us and perhaps making a donation please get in touch.”

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 or email westlancsedward@btinternet.com .

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.