Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that the Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day staged at South Staffordshire Golf Course has raised over £4,500 for the charity.
Kevin had supported the charity over the past two 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 ninth 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 Cerebral Palsy 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 7th. 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 September 30th at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester as well as further swimming development in the West Midlands in early 2018.
We are delighted to be welcoming Kevin to the Worcester Development Gala on September 30th.
Thank you to everyone who supported the golf day and thank you especially to Kevin for your fantastic support.
Cerebral Palsy Sport wants to enable young children with cerebral palsy to discover the joys of adapted and inclusive sports through a new sport of RaceRunning. RaceRunning is running on an adapted three wheeled trike with no pedals. We want children to have fun, build self-confidence, independence and self esteem by meeting other children with a disability.
To increase access to sporting opportunities for children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to try sport for the very first time and to enable them to participate in a new fun sport of RaceRunning.
To enable young children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to build their confidence, self-esteem, improve their physical and mental health as well as enabling them to make friends and have fun in a safe and accessible environment.
To enable families and siblings to also enjoy this wonderful inclusive activity through family focused activity days. These days would enable families to build networks, access advice and support as well as taking part in an inclusive family activity
How we will achieve our goals
The award would enable to us reach more children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. So often a child with a disability is isolated and not have many friends. We want to enable and support children with a disability to feel better about themselves. We want them to discover the joys of sport, having fun and making friends.
Where the money will go
The project would aim to support families, siblings and importantly children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to access inclusive and adapted sport. The event enable families to build networks, seek advice, guidance and shared experiences and thus reducing the isolation felt by these children and their families.
Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce Savoo Search, Save and Raise as one of our new fundraising partners. Every time you use Savoo, you can be donating to Cerebral Palsy Sport by either searching online, or using their voucher codes & deals to save money. This is how it works:
1. Search Engine Donations
Simply use Savoo Search as your default search engine (the same way as you would your current search engine) and Savoo will donate 1p for every search.
2. Shopping Online – Voucher Codes
If you’re looking to do some online shopping and want to get a great deal, Savoo has thousands of voucher codes and deals that will help you save money & they will donate to Cerebral Palsy Sport at the same time.
Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee to take on Loch Lomond Swim Challenge
One of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Trustees, Richard Oliver and two of his friends are taking on the 1 mile open water swim across Loch Lomond.
Gail McDade, Jane Heggie & Richard Oliver, all past and present Labour Party Organisers, will be swimming a gruelling, and probably very cold, 1 mile open water swim across Loch Lomond in order to raise money for three great (and very personal) causes, all of which help people with Cerebral Palsy.
Gail is Mum to Ryan who has quadriplegic CP, Richard is Dad to Alfie who has also has quadriplegic CP and Jane is Mummy to 2 year old Lyra who as a working diagnosis of CP and Global Developmental Delay.
They will be raising funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, which supports people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation; The Bobath Centre, which is a specialist treatment and training centre, dedicated to supporting children and families living with cerebral palsy; and ‘Lyra Can’ which aims to provide Lyra with extra treatments to help her to walk, talk and chew.
Gail, Jane and Richard have never attempted open water swimming on this scale but your donations coupled with the very real risk of drowning will hopefully get them through this difficult challenge.
Thank you in advance for any support you are able to give to these important charities and appeals.
You can support here: https://www.gofundme.com/thingscanonlygetwetter
Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce funding received from the Big Lottery for a new project; LEADing the way.
The funding received will help to design and develop learning resources for disability sports Boccia and the adapted Table Tennis game Poly Bat.
Once created the resources will then be launched at Sport festivals in Nottingham, Manchester and Lincolnshire where we will be inviting anyone who is interested in developing their skills and leading disabilities sports to come along and find out more about the resources and further opportunities.
The aim of the project is to ensure that people with a disability and those without have better access to training and development opportunities that will improve their life skills and help them on the way to employment. The project is about bringing together those within the community that have a disability and previously may have struggled to take part in training and development opportunities. This will not only give each individual the feeling of improved confidence and belonging to their community put also offers others who have faced similar challenges with a positive role model.
Cerebral Palsy Sport would like to thank the Big Lottery for the continued support of community projects.
Every year, the Big Lottery Fund distribute millions of pounds of the National Lottery’s good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK. Find out more here
Kevin Stewart, midfielder for Liverpool Football Club set aside some time in the summer off-season to raise money for Cerebral Palsy Sport. A cause close to his heart through a friend’s personal experience.
Kevin and his friend had previously raised money through taking part in various marathons and football matches but this year Kevin wanted to go even bigger and create their own event.
With a little help from his Liverpool teammates, including Joe Gomez and Rhian Brewster, Kevin organised a fantastic day packed full of activity at the Lee Valley Stadium in London on 11th June 2017 .
This included a 5k run, soccer activity and an auction with some incredible prizes including signed football boots. There was even had a magician on hand to entertain, Zamaan. Kevin didn’t hold back in the 5k, crossing the finishing line first!
Cerebral Palsy Sport Chief Executive Ali Talbot and son Thomas Talbot, supported the event, and thanked everyone who helped make the event happen and raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, including Kevin Stewart, Liverpool Football Club, Puma and BaseKult.
Watch the video of the fundraising day here: https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolFC/videos/10155689543032573/
For more information about Fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Sport click here
A group of 8 of our dedicated supporters led by Marcus Pemberton are taking on a series of “Tricky Quests” throughout 2017 to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport.
The group have already taken on a Wolf Run and they are in training for a whole series of quests this year.
On Saturday, the group took on a 3km open water swim and returned times between 57 mins and 1 hr 37 mins and everyone completed the swim. Well done to all of you!
Marcus said of their fundraising efforts: “We’re a group of friends who struggle to find enough time to see each other, and also to stay fit! So we decided to complete a number of ‘Tricky Quests’ every year for a good cause, meaning that we make sure that we stay in touch, we have something to train for together, and we raise some money for a great charity. We chose CP Sport as some of us have family members with Cerebral Palsy, and all of us have had our lives enriched by sport, and we’re therefore really proud to know that the money we raise will help children have what we had growing up.”
The group are now building up to a marathon in September and as the lads are looking to raise money for us as a cause that are close to their hearts, please visit their fundraising page and support their amazing effort!
On Wednesday 21st June 2017, Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee Aideen Blackborough was presented with a cheque for £10,000 from The Paul Bush Foundation Trust.
Aideen Blackborough (CP Sport) left, Helen Jackson (The Paul Bush Foundation) centre, Richard Kerr (CP Sport) right.
This substantial donation is to support the Cerebral Palsy Sport Table Cricket programme for one year.
Table Cricket is a game for everyone to play and enjoy – young or old, disabled and non-disabled – and is a great way to teach the basic rules of cricket, all on a table top. It is played in schools, residential care homes, day centres and more, right across the country.
Helen Jackson from the Paul Bush Foundation presented the cheque to Aideen Blackborough and Sport Development Office Richard Kerr.
The funds, donated by The Paul Bush Foundation Trust will help to deliver community based programmes, provide Cricket Start programmes for schools, implement four regional Disability Participation Hubs, develop the Table Cricket community league in England and resource the National Table Cricket Finals including volunteer recruitment.
Ali Talbot, Chief Executive at Cerebral Palsy Sport, said: “As a charity we are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of people and families affected by cerebral palsy. Through the power of sport and recreation we raise hopes and aspirations by supporting people to overcome the challenges of their physical disability.
“This substantial donation from The Paul Bush Foundation Trust means that over the next year, we will be able to create wider opportunities for children and young people with cerebral palsy to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, increase workforce skills and expertise to deliver Table Cricket in localities and build on the provision and enjoyment of the sport across England.”
Set up in 2012 by Paul Bush, founder of Daventry-based Bush & Company, The Paul Bush Foundation Trust assists those with an acquired physical disability as a result of an accident or birth injury. Paul himself suffered a serious spinal cord injury in 1975 and sadly passed away earlier this year.
Bush & Company’s Managing Director, Helen Jackson added: “Participation in sport is extremely beneficial to a person’s mental and physical health and it is great to see that our donation to Cerebral Palsy Sport will enable them to provide a variety of opportunities and access for so many people across the UK.”
If you are interested in our Table Cricket programme please click here or contact us: email@example.com
Find out more about supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport here.
A very special Thank You to the ‘TopBeer Crew’ who have completed their year-long fundraising activities and smashed their target to raise £2,500 for CP Sport
“We have loved every moment of raising this having far exceed our original target. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful generosity that has been shown by those around us”
The TopBeer Crew are: Kev Redmond, Tony Sault and Stu Telford (The Swig)
In August 2016, The TopBeer Crew decided that it would be a great idea to stage events over the coming year to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport andafter setting themselves a target of £1,000, they set about planning for the coming year with the following events:
Two early Sunday mornings, with a car loaded full of offerings, saw the first donations coming in.
A bright sunny Sunday afternoon, saw them take to the park for an afternoon of Bowls. A doubles competition went ahead, pitching a bowler with a non-bowler together, with the bowler having to use his non bowling arm! A great afternoon was had by all, before everyone ventured back into the club house for the presentation and some fun and games with Play Your Cards Right and Bingo, and not forgetting a few ales.
Two charity quiz nights were organised for the month of October. These were great fun, following the usual format of the monthly quizzes put on by the TopBeer Crew, along with some added extras such as Play Your Cards Right.
Rhythm n Booze Night
A quality night of music was to be had as the artists Planet Rock UK and Skye Hadley took to the stage to deliver a night of cracking hits, even doubling up at the end to perform several songs together. With a range of ales’ on offer the place was set. A raffle was held with the top prizes being two signed CDs by UB40, presented by Astro himself.
Charity Raffle & Auction
The biggest event to date, and the one that took a lot of organising was the Charity Raffle and Auction. The idea behind it was to get as many local businesses to donate something/anything for us to raffle or auction. Countless emails and letters were sent and phone calls were made, but the response we got was amazing. The event was held over May bank holiday weekend, deciding to piggy back on the back of the beer festival at the Swan, Halesowen. With the beer flowing, live music playing and the party mode in full swing, we took to the stage during the bands interval, and the generosity of the festival goers was amazing.
Also, we enlisted the help of Darren Redmond, who teamed up with us to help support our campaign. His contribution was to run the Wheaton Aston 10km on the 27th December, fully kitted out in a snug-fitting Abba outfit.
Across the year of activities the TopBeer Crew exceeded their target and raised an amazing £2,500
Cerebral Palsy Sport would also like to thank the numerous people and establishments that supported the TopBeer Crew to reach their fundraising target. These include:
Paschendale Sports Coaching
Tony Sault and his fellow teammates of Tallboats Bowling Team