We’re ris­ing to the chal­lenge

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

DOZENS of peo­ple with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity in West Lan­cashire have en­joyed a fun week­end away in the Lake Dis­trict – thanks to fund­ing from two lo­cal char­i­ties.

Last Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day (Septem­ber 8-10) Sport­ing Chal­lenge en­joyed its first week­end away, partly funded by grants from the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Lan­cashire and the Rank Foun­da­tion.

Sport­ing Chal­lenge is a group of par­ents and car­ers who, from 2008, have been pro­vid­ing sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for around 45 peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties in West Lan­cashire to keep them fit and healthy.

Th­ese evening and week­end ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude 10-pin bowl­ing, aer­o­bics, swim­ming and boc­cia/ kurl­ing at lo­cal sports cen­tres.

Many peo­ple with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity don’t take part in any ex­er­cise ac­tiv­ity be­cause the fam­ily/car­ers who sup­port them are not mo­ti­vated or are un­able to take them on such ac­tiv­i­ties and they can’t go on their own.

Sport­ing Chal­lenge pro­vides ses­sional work­ers who col­lect them from where they live, sup­port the peo­ple while they are at the sports cen­tres and then re­turn them home af­ter the ac­tiv­i­ties.

The week­end was at the Calvert Trust Ac­tiv­i­ties Cen­tre in the Lake Dis­trict.

The group left West Lan­cashire on Fri­day via a Charl­ton Minibus and the Fri­day night in­cluded an evening meal, night walk, and so­cial time.

On Satur­day, the group took part in ca­noe­ing, a chal­lenge course, swim­ming and a disco.

On Sun­day the group took part in climb­ing, ab­seil­ing and ropes be­fore head­ing home.

Ed­ward McCarthy, Sport­ing Chal­lenge ac­tiv­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor, said: “The week­end was a huge suc­cess. We all had a fan­tas­tic time.

“It was great to see the group tak­ing part in new ac­tiv­i­ties which we don’t nor­mally do. The ac­tiv­i­ties cen­tre was the shores of Bassen­th­waite Lake near Keswick, in the heart of the Lake Dis­trict Na­tional Park, the cen­tre had ac­ces­si­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“They are ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple of all ages with sen­sory, learn­ing or phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing those with the most com­plex needs for which most out­door cen­tres can­not cater.

“I was very proud of how the group worked as a team and I would like to thank the Sport­ing Chal­lenge Ac­tiv­i­ties staff and the cen­tre staff for mak­ing the week­end a huge suc­cess.

“We will def­i­nitely be look­ing at hav­ing a break again.

“If any or­gan­i­sa­tion would like to help with our fund­ing or if you are a in­ter­ested par­ent please get in touch.”

For de­tails visit www.sport­ingchal­lenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email Ed­war­datEMSS@ gmail.com

Sport­ing Chal­lenge or­gan­ised a fun week­end away at the Calvert Trust Ac­tiv­i­ties Cen­tre in the Lake Dis­trict for peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties

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