GB Paralympian and Miss Teen Derbyshire help give local children with cerebral palsy a sporting chance

GB Paralympian and Miss Teen Derbyshire help give local children with cerebral palsy a sporting chance

Derby Paralympian Leon Taylor and Miss Teen Derbyshire Galaxy, Noky Simbali joined a team of volunteer bucket collectors at the iPro Stadium last month to help raise funds to give local children and young people with cerebral palsy a sporting chance.

Every penny of the £216 donated at the match by Derby and Chesterfield fans will be used at a Sportstart day in Chesterfield. For many children with mild, moderate and severe cerebral palsy, this will be their first opportunity to try disability and adapted sports and enjoy playing sport with children and young people with similar ability.

Leon is passionate about supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport because he has personal experience of the challenges faced by the children the charity supports. He was born with Cerebral Palsy, which predominantly affects the right side of his body, but went on to achieve his life's ambition when he was selected for the Great Britain CP football team at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008. He was Derby’s only representative at the Games.

Said Leon: “Bucket collections are a fantastic way to fundraise and raise awareness of the work Cerebral Palsy Sport do to help people with disabilities realise their sporting potential. I’m proud to be a Sporting Ambassador for the charity and will continue to do all I can to seek out similar opportunities.”

Cerebral Palsy Sport, is an East Midlands-based charity. They are the country’s leading national disability sports organisation, dedicated to helping people with cerebral palsy to achieve their sporting potential. Their vision is for everyone with physical disabilities to be able to access a sport of their choice and their mission is to improve the quality of life for people with physical impairments through the provision of appropriate sport and recreational activities.

For further information, contact Marianne Burchell, Fundraiser Cerebral Palsy Sport on 0115 925 7027 or email mburchell@cpsport.org