Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day raises over £2,600 for Cerebral Palsy Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that the Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day staged at South Staffordshire Golf Course on 7th June 2018 has raised over £2,600 for the charity.

Kevin has supported the charity over the past three years and the funds raised from his unique charity golf days has enabled children, young people and adults with Cerebral Palsy to discover the joys of swimming for the first time.

Kevin spoke of his gratitude of everyone who played in the golf day and said:

“I am delighted that the tenth annual Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day has managed to raise such a fabulous amount of money for this very deserving charity.  The entire event would not be possible without the participation of the players, the support from Liz and Alison Colesby as well as that of Ali Talbot from CP Sport and, of course, Sue LeBeau and her wonderful staff at South Staffs Golf Club.  I am looking forward to next year’s event already, which will be on June 20th 2019.  In the meantime happy golfing and happy swimming. Kevin”

The funds raised in this year’s charity golf day will help support the Worcester Swimming Development Gala that is taking place on October 20th at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester as well as further swimming development in the West Midlands in early 2019.

Thank you to everyone who supported the golf day and thank you especially to Kevin for your fantastic support.

To read more about this great day of fundraising, please click here for the event report

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Cerebral Palsy Sport wins National Charity Award

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that our charity has been selected as one of the Weston Charity Awards winners for 2018. Our Chair Aideen Blackborough and our CEO Ali Talbot collected the award at an Awards Ceremony at the ThinkTank in Birmingham hosted by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is one of only 20 small charities that have been selected to receive a core grant of £6,500 and a year’s strategic planning support from Pilotlight as 2018 Weston Charity Awards winners. As the winners are announced, the Garfield Weston Foundation says small charities need support to focus on long-term planning to meet the challenge of rising demand against a backdrop of limited extra resources.

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Image: Aideen Blackborough and Ali Talbot receiving the Weston Charity Award from Phillippa Charles, Director, Garfield Weston Foundation Director.

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Image: Group photos of the 2018 Weston Charity Award winners at the ThinkTank, Birmingham


Nearly 200 applicants applied to the Awards, highlighting the demand for skills and leadership development from small charities on the frontline of delivering welfare, youth and community services to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Well over a third of applications came from charities focused on children and young people – an increase from just under a third in 2017. This increase indicates charity leaders from the youth sector, in particular, are seeking strategic support.

Aideen Blackborough, Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted that our charity’s work to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport has been recognised with a Weston Charity Award. We look forward to working with Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation to grow our services for the future.”

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation which established the Weston Charity Awards said:

“Small charities have stepped up to deliver essential services in their communities and are extremely adept at being highly creative with limited resources. Their directors wear many hats as they juggle multiple roles.”

Initially set up in 2014 to celebrate and support great frontline charities in the North East of England, the Weston Charity Awards quickly expanded to the North West, the Midlands and, in 2018, Wales – areas identified by the Foundation as having the greatest need.

Gillian Murray, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, said:

“Large charities have been in the spotlight in recent months for the right and for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, up and down the country small charities are quietly facing rising demands for their services. Our programme is an opportunity for the award winners to develop the skills they need to make the maximum impact, even as they are being stretched to capacity.”

The directors of the 20 winning charities will be matched with teams of senior business leaders for a programme of mentoring and coaching, to strengthen their organisations and increase impact.

The charity also receive £6,500 of unrestricted funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation to take part in the programme, as well as access to the advice and support of Pilotlight.

 

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CP Sport and the Giving Machine Team up for Father’s Day

It’s nearly Father’s Day and we all know that Dad’s are heroes so let’s celebrate them on Sunday 17th June 2018.

To help you say “Thank You”, our online fundraising partner the Giving Machine and Decathlon are kindly offering a prize worth £50 for one special Dad! To be in with a chance of winning this for your Dad, simply let us know why your Dad is a hero.

To enter leave a comment on their Facebook  page here or Twitter pages  here

To find out more on how to sign up to support Cerebral Palsy Sport through the giving Machine, please click here

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Over 1000 runners take part in Rushcliffe 10k 2018

Over 1000 runners took part in the Rushcliffe 10K on Sunday 25th March on a glorious day at Rushcliffe Country Park to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Participants who took part in the 10K, 5K or Fun Run were bathed in sunshine and was in complete contrast to the weather that had seen the event postponed from its original date that clashed with the ‘Beast from the East’.

Nottingham based event management company, Perfect Motion, were engaged to deliver this event on behalf of Rushcliffe Borough Council for the first time.  Event Director Chris Simon said,

“We are thrilled to see so many people turn out today to support the Rushcliffe 10K, particularly with us having to change the original date.  They were all certainly rewarded with the weather and we were very impressed with the performances that people put in.

“The way all of the runners supported each other created a fantastic atmosphere and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces at the end.”

The male 10K race was won by Simon Birch of Hinckley Running Club in a time of 33 minutes and 25 seconds.  The female 10K was won by Natalie Bunce in a time of 42 minutes and 48 seconds.

The 5K male race was won by Ed Parry with a time of 19 minutes and 10 seconds while the female 5K race was won by Rosemarie Billenness in a time of 23 minutes and 51 seconds.

Chris continued, “Well done to the winners and to everyone who took part today.  There was a good mixture of serious club runners and people out to challenge themselves.

“I’d like to thank our partners, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Rushcliffe Athletics Club, Smooth Radio, Impact Physiotherapy and Virtual Runner for all of their support.”

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Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said “Thank you to all the runners and their families who supported such a great event on a lovely sunny day. A big thank you goes to Perfect Motion, Rushcliffe Borough Council and all the partners involved in the event. Our biggest thank you goes to our brilliant volunteers who gave their time to support the event and we cold not have done it without them. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.”

Entries are open for the 2019 event which will take place on Sunday 3rd March.  Click here to enter today.

Results for each event can be viewed by clicking the relevant link below:

10K Results
5K Results
Fun Run Results

Photos can be viewed by clicking here.

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CP Sport announce Irwin Mitchell as sponsor of the CP Football National Finals.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is extremely pleased to announce that Irwin Mitchell are official sponsors of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football Finals .

Irwin Mitchell and Cerebral Palsy Sport have a strong history of working together to support people with cerebral palsy and associated physical disabilities access sporting opportunities at a local level, and supporting them to go on and reach their potential.

Irwin Mitchell has a strong track-record of supporting disability sports through its Don’t Quit, Do It campaign. The firm works closely with Paralympic gold-medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE and sponsors the English Amputee Football Association among other sports groups and organisations.

This latest partnership sees Irwin Mitchell support the Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football League Finals to be held on the 2nd June 2018. The finals will bring together 9 teams from across the country, who will have been competing at regional fixtures between October 17 – April 18.

Ali Talbot CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “The support of Irwin Mitchell means we can make the finals a bigger and better event than ever before.  We’re confident that those involved will have a fantastic day.

“Sponsorship from organisations such as Irwin Mitchell go a long way in helping us to achieve our aim of raising aspirations, promoting inclusion and supporting people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation.”

Jennifer Cawthorne, Partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We’ve seen how much disability sports can help our clients with their rehabilitation and recovery both physically and psychologically, especially when they are involved in team sports and events.

“We wanted to combine our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign to get more people involved in disability sports with our ongoing support for those families affected by cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Sport Adult Football League finals is the perfect event to help celebrate the achievements of all those involved and help people to reach their potential. We’re really looking forward to June and seeing what the finals day has in store.”

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Mansfield Building Society supports Cerebral Palsy Sport with donation

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that Mansfield Building Society has supported us with a donation of £500 from their Community Support Scheme to assist with the purchase of a new gazebo to support our promotional, sporting and fundraising events.

The donation was presented by Mansfield Building Society’s Nicola Caulton to Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Chair Aideen Blackborough who said “we are delighted to have been awarded a Community Support scheme donation from the Mansfield Building society. Their support is very much appreciated and enables us to promote our charity to so many more people with cerebral palsy through sport”.

Mansfield Building Society’s Branch and Community Manager, Nicola Caulton, said “We’re very proud to be helping Cerebral Palsy Sport with this donation. The gazebo will help protect people from the elements and hopefully draw more people to them. We’d like to wish Aideen and all the team the very best with their future plans to raise aspirations and improve the quality of life for those affected by cerebral palsy.”

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Picture shows Aideen Blackborough receiving the presentation cheque from Nicola Caulton of Mansfield Building Society

Cerebral Palsy Sport wins £1,000 funding from Housebuilder

Cerebral Palsy Sport wins £1,000 funding from Housebuilder

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been awarded a  £1,000 cash donation by Persimmon Homes Nottingham as part of the company’s national campaign Community Champions.

The Community Champions programme offers charities and groups a chance to apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Since its launch in 2015 Persimmon has donated more than £1 million to causes around the UK.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive at Cerebral Palsy Sport, said: “We have the passion and the expertise to help young people overcome the challenges of their impairments which gives them the positive life-changing benefits that being able participate in sport can offer.

“At the heart of our charity is the our inspiring and inclusive Adapted Sports Programme where we first introduce children and young people with cerebral palsy to the fun and enjoyment of taking part in different adapted sports including frame football, RaceRunning, Table cricket and polybat.

“We’re thrilled with the donation from Persimmon Homes Nottingham which will be used to buy new equipment and allow more young people to be included.”

Neil Follows, managing director for Persimmon Homes Nottingham, said: “The programme Cerebral Palsy Sport provides helps more children to discover the joys of adapted sports.

“The work they do is exemplary and we hope this donation will further assist them in their mission to bring sports to anyone with a disability.”

For those who wish to know more about Community Champions and how they can enter, they can visit www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions

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Picture shows presentation photos with Persimmon Homes Community Champions donations recipients.

Thank you to Persimmon Homes for their support!

Get Ready for Get Set Raise 2018!

As we’re coming to the end of a busy 2017, a year full of fantastic sporting events for young people and adults made possible through fundraising and support, we are looking ahead to our Get Set Raise appeal 2018.

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The 2018 campaign will take place in March which is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.

There are many ways to prepare and get involved with Get Set Raise 2018, and we have created a handy toolkit with all the ideas, forms and posters you might need. Please click here for more details.

Anyone can get involved in Get Set Raise, from individuals to clubs to schools to businesses.

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Get Set Raise has some great ways to raise important funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport:

  •  Do Your Bit in Your Sports Kit – channel your inner sporting star and get your sports kit on to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport
  • Take on a personal challenge – from running in your local 10k to giving up chocolate in March, the choice is yours!
  • Make a donation – you can donate to the appeal directly through our Get.Set.Raise Appeal Page

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s services enable more people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to discover the joys of sport. Your support will make a big difference so get involved and be a part of making people’s lives so much better!

 


 

Entries open for Rushcliffe 10k 2018

Entries for Rushcliffe 10k, Fun Run and new 5K race now open!

Entries for Rushcliffe 10k, Fun Run and its new 5k are now open and help support Cerebral Palsy Sport who are the benefiting charity.

Keen runners can register for the annual event at Rushcliffe Country Park on Sunday March 4, 2018 delivered by Perfect Motion Sports Marketing.

Simply visit the event’s new website at www.rushcliffe10k.co.uk to book your place that will support Cerebral Palsy Sport as the official race charity.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure and Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason welcomed the new organisers who are co-ordinating the event for the first time.

She said: “The Rushcliffe 10k returns for 2018 and we can’t wait for hundreds of runners to visit Rushcliffe Country Park again in March with a wider programme of events.

“Great sport is part and parcel of Rushcliffe’s reputation and this event showcases it brilliantly in the backdrop of one of our great Green Flag awarded open spaces.

“Entries for last year’s race were quickly snapped up so we would recommend runners register their place as soon as possible.”

The 10k is regularly fully booked with 850 runners and an additional 180 places are up for grabs for the fun run.

The new 5k race opens up further opportunities for new and existing runners to tackle part of the course at a shorter distance.

For over 15 years the 10k and Fun Run had been organised annually by the Council.

Perfect Motion Sports Marketing were identified as the ideal partners to earn the five year contract to deliver the event however, with experience of coordinating the Sunrise 5k Series across the region, the Mansfield 10k and the Bandana Run in Bramcote Park.

 

 

Lace Up Your Boots and Vote for Us!

Cerebral Palsy Sport is through to the national vote for our Lace Up Your Boots Frame Football project.

Vote for our Frame Football project in the Aviva Community Fund!

Help us provide more opportunities by casting all of your 10 votes by voting here

The Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots project has been developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport to provide opportunities for children with cerebral palsy who have restricted mobility and use a cane, crutches, frame or walker to assist their movement. Frame Football is an adapted form of cerebral palsy football to ensure that children with cerebral palsy could play the beautiful game of football – inclusive, exciting and fun. Frame Football has the ability to change the lives of children, young people and families affected by cerebral palsy which can significantly improve wellbeing, inclusion, independence and quality of life.
The Lace Up Your Boots project will deliver a nationwide programme of Frame Football KickStarts and then bring players together for regional and National Kick Off tournaments. Delivered with skilled coaches and supported by trained volunteers – we will bring the beautiful game to children who don’t get the chance to play.

Thank you for helping to make a difference!

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