Lloyds £5k grant helps Paralympic Games legacy live on
A YEAR after receiving funding from a high street bank, a Sleaford sports club is helping to carry on the legacy of the Paralympic Games.
Sleaford Laffletics Club for disabled people, was awarded £5,000 from the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund after people nationwide were invited to vote for their favourite local charity.
Thelma Smith helped form the group after suffering a spinal injury in a car crash that left her needing to use a wheelchair and says the money has been a big help.
“The money has been a brilliant boost and has made a great difference to the club,” said the 53-year-old, who took part in last summer’s Paralympic torch relay.
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“We normally just muddle through so it made a difference to be able to be able to continue to offer the children the chance to take part in physical activity.
“Some of it has gone towards disabled specialist equipment, some towards the hire of the hall as we are an indoor sports club and some towards coaching.
“The Paralympics meant people saw disability sport in a different light and we’ve had a big influx of people following on from last summer. We currently have around 35 members.
“We have mainly youngsters at the club and we used some of the money to buy some t-shirts as it’s nice for the youngsters to feel like they belong.
“We held a sports festival this summer with some of the money going towards medals and certificates.
“The Scouts, the Beavers and Kesteven and Sleaford High School brought able-bodied teams, and it’s good for the able bodied children to see what we do and then for our members to feel included. We’re a very social club.”
The Laffletics Club is based at Northgate Sports Hall where it meets every Saturday, and was launched in 2004.
The Lloyds Banking Group has now opened voting for this year’s grant scheme with several organisations in Lincolnshire bidding for a share of the money.
Thelma added that support from grant organisations and the local community are vital to the club’s future. She said: “I really hope that we can keep going, but we need funding like the Lloyds money.
“You can see the benefit for the children, even the smallest achievement can be a big achievement for them. I would definitely recommend it to any other group. The money that is given is a terrific boost, it’s absolutely tremendous.”
To find out more visit www.lloydsbank.co.uk/communityfund