Special Olympics Initiative Gets Disabled Leeds Children Active, Thanks To £60,000 Masonic Donation

Disabled children from across Leeds attended a special sporting event in the city on today, (Wednesday) thanks to funding from the Freemasons.

The grant of £60,000 has helped to expand a Special Olympics initiative, which gives people across the Yorkshire region with profound learning difficulties the chance to participate in sporting activities.

There was special emphasis on expanding the Special Olympics Motor Training Programme (MATP), funding additional resources and training so it could reach several thousand people rather than just a few hundred.

The grant from the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding came through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which was funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales.

The 12-week courses are directed at adults and children who were unable to participate in regular Special Olympics sessions as their disabilities are so complex.

And, today, the final MATP Leeds challenge event of the year saw the athletes demonstrating the motor skills they had learned over the last three months.

Angela Lydon, Special Olympics MATP programme co-leader at Farnley Academy Partnership, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Freemasons for the wonderful donation, which has helped to expand our Motor Training Programme.”

David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “This has been a momentous year for Freemasons nationally as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first grand lodge of England, and, in West Yorkshire, we mark our bicentenary.

“We were delighted to be able to help the Special Olympics with this excellent programme. The Special Olympics is special in more ways than one and we are proud to be associated with the outstanding organisation.

“The event at Farnley Academy Partnership was a great opportunity to showcase the Motor Training Programme and the benefits it has brought to disabled children and adults alike.”

Special Olympian! Special Olympics Athlete Oliver Court, from Churwell, Leeds, is pictured with his mother, Rachel, and Anthony Llewellyn, The Assistant Provincial Grandmaster of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding.

Posted in Masonic Charitable Foundation on June 28th, 2017 by Robin Misra

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