SPORTSABLE LAUNCHES EMERGENCY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT CLOSURE
SportsAble has launched an SOS fundraising campaign in a bid to prevent its closure. ‘Save Our Sportsable’ aims to raise £46,000 in two months to ensure the future of the Club.
This year, the Charity, which built its own Clubhouse in Braywick Park through previous fundraising initiatives, should be celebrating its 46th Anniversary. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced it to close its doors in March, and it has been unable to resume a full provision ever since. It is now facing permanent closure if it doesn’t raise vital funds.
John Jenkins MBE, President of SportsAble says, “The adversity of the Coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone in the UK. But even when the Pandemic has gone and life resumes, people living with disability will still be faced with the daily challenge of overcoming the adversity of everyday life.”
“Being part of a Club like SportsAble is a lifeline to people living with disability, their families, and their friends too. Indeed, many of our members have credited the charity with saving their lives.”
SportsAble has 300 members and is supported by over 100 volunteers who use the club regularly and travel more than 10-15 miles to participate because there is no provision like it in their local area. Some of the members come for fun and laughter, others have discovered a talent for sport and represented Team GB in the Paralympics. Before Lockdown, SportsAble offered members more than 14 different sports and activities including Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Dance, Air Weapons, Archery and many more.
John Jenkins adds, “SportsAble is so much more than just a sports club. Its purpose-built clubhouse is a safe place where disabled people can meet, socialise, support each other, have fun, meet friends, and join in a variety of activities, including playing sport to whatever standard they want to. We focus on what people can do, not what they can’t.”
Research has revealed that 53% of disabled people say their disability makes it harder to make friends (source: Scope). During Lockdown, 58% of SportsAble members did not socialise with anyone outside of their family; 96% of members state they want to return to SportsAble after the pandemic and 68% see SportsAble as a way of meeting new friends. During Lockdown, 28% of its members were unable to do any moderate exercise at all and 95% said that SportsAble helps them get active despite having a long-term health condition. (2020 member survey)
John Jenkins, continues: “We are passionate about disability sport because we know it is good for disabled people’s physical health and mental wellbeing. With this money, we can Save SportsAble and the charity can keep the doors of its clubhouse open and continue to provide an essential service to disabled people and the community at large, transforming many lives in the process.”
If you would like to raise money for SportsAble, you can:
Donate on our Crowdfunding site by clicking here.
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Note to editors:
The majority of SportsAble members lives in Maidenhead, Windsor and Slough.
For further information/interviews, please contact:
Peter Tichbon, SportsAble Trustee – 07764 435958
John Jenkins MBE, SportsAble President – 07976 297835