Cerebral Palsy Sport calls for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s Community Fund

Cerebral Palsy Sport are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.

To celebrate Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme which will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to community projects.

Three groups in each Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is one of the charities on the shortlist.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s On Your Marks Cerebral Palsy RaceRunning Project is for children and young people with cerebral palsy to try inclusive RaceRunning to help them discover the joys of sport.

Ali Talbot, Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted that our On Your Marks RaceRunning Project has been chosen for the public vote at part of Tesco’s Centenary Bags for Help Centenary Grant scheme. RaceRunning is an adapted and inclusive athletics activity where people with cerebral palsy are able to run and be active using a RaceRunner. A RaceRunner is a three wheeled frame with no pedals where the individual is supported by a saddle and body plate. RaceRunning enables people with physical disabilities to change from passive spectators to active participants and we want to reach so many more people through this project. Please support us with your token in store to help change lives”.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in October, November and December across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Please vote for Cerebral Palsy Sport!

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already provided over £75 million to more than 25,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Erodex crowned 2019 Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day Champions

Over 40 golfers took part in Kevin O’Connor’s charity golf day at South Staffordshire Golf Club on a sunny 20th June 2019 in aid of Cerebral Palsy Sport.

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 O’Connor

Following an enjoyable day of golfing fun for all the teams, the golfers enjoyed a two course dinner and then geared up for the charity auction and presentation of prizes. Thank you to everyone who donated auction items for this year’s charity auction.


Golf Day Results

Our 2019 charity golf day Longest Drive Award went to Trevor Hatt.

Kevin and Trevor receiving his Longest Drive Award.

The Nearest the Pin Award was won by Ryan Glenister. Collected by Trevor Hat

There was plenty of competition for our Pro in the Beat the Pro Competition and only three players managed to Beat our Pro – Matt:

  • Kevin O’Connor
  • Ryan Glenister
  • Mark Searl

When it came to the presentations of prizes, Erodex were crowned champions of the day and took home the trophy.

Kevin and Team Erodex with their trophy and prizes.

Team Erodex

They were closely followed by De Beers – Graham’s Oldies who took second place.

The 2019 Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day raised over £2,300 for Cerebral Palsy Sport

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

“I am delighted that the eleventh 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 as well as that of Ali Talbot and Jen Basford 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.  In the meantime happy golfing and happy swimming. “

The funds raised in this year’s charity golf day will help support the Worcester Swimming Development Gala that is taking place on October 19th 2019 at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester as well as further swimming development in the West Midlands in early 2020.

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

Thank you!

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