Sport Relief 2014 Update
SPORT RELIEF CHALLENGE for SPIDER-Y
On Saturday 12 determined players and their parents descended on the South Leeds outdoor sports track , armed with several sports wheelchairs and adapted cycles,
we had a two hour window to complete as many laps of the track.
The day was cold and very windy, on hand at the track Hunslet Hawks Star, Jimmy Watson, came down to not only encourage the participants but he also cycled a few laps on one of the group's adapted bicycles.
The pictures show Jimmy getting ready for action and also with Spider-Y manager Andy Gardiner and his son Josh, along with Hunslet Hawks Community Development Manager Martin Flynn.
Along with BBC Radio Leeds Presenter who had a go on the hand cycles kindly available from the adapted cycling club based at the centre.
In total the team completed over 50 miles combined with the top two distances been Joshua Butler (14) 6 ¼ miles adapted cycle, and double amputee James Simpson 6 miles on his new running blades.
In all a great day and maybe a few new members to join the adaptive cycle club.
Following on from Andy and Josh Gardner where formally invited by the Prime Minister to attend the SPORT Relief reception at 10 Downing street on Monday 17th March to help celebrate and
The Prime Minister said:
It’s a real honour to welcome these Sport Relief heroes to Downing Street today.
Davina McCall, who ran, swam and cycled over 450 miles from Edinburgh to London in her BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point, said:
“It’s such an honour to be here with all these brilliant people who have done such amazing things for Sport Relief.”
Inspirational stories from Sport Relief fundraisers
2 of the fundraisers at today’s event were Josh and his Dad Andy. Josh, now 17, was just 9 years old when a virus left him paralysed from the neck down. Spider-Y, a project in Leeds which provides a range of sports activities for people with disabilities, helped him turn his life around and thanks to the project he is now competing at a national level in basketball. Funded by cash raised through Sport Relief, the members are also great fundraisers and aim to raise over £1,000 this year by doing as many miles as possible using wheelchairs, blade runners and hand cycles.
Andy, Josh’s dad and Spider-Y Chairman, said:
The support we’ve had from Sport Relief really helped us when we needed it, so it’s important for us to do our bit so someone else can benefit. Doing something for Sport Relief is our way of paying back the support we’ve received. We know first-hand how important it is.
Full Story and links - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/david-cameron-welcomes-sport-reliefs-fundraising-finest
So Please if you still want to sponsor a good cause we still are taking sponsors and donations to help get us to our target of £1000.00
SPIDER-Y has received funding for the next 2 years totalling £30,000.00 towards our multi sports programmes.
For more details visit our website – www.spider-y.org.uk