Grant will help communities get blind people active

British Blind Sport fundraising manager Ian Carr and chief executive Alaina Macgregor with the grant cheque. NNL-161115-110531001
British Blind Sport fundraising manager Ian Carr and chief executive Alaina Macgregor with the grant cheque. NNL-161115-110531001
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A Leamington charity that helps visiually impaired children and adults to get active has received a grant of £2,500.

British Blind Sport, which is run from an office in Tachbrook Park, has been presented with the grant by health and employment services business MAXIMUS Foundation UK, after a trustee of the foundation Laura Turner nominated the charity to receive it.

British Blind Sports’s chief executive Alaina Macgregor and fundraising manager Ian Carr recently received the award from Laura.

The charity provides blind and partially sighted people with opportunities to participate in sports including football, archery, athletics, cricket and target shooting.

Having more than doubled in size over the past three years, the organisation supports individuals ranging from beginners to Paralympians. The grant from MAXIMUS Foundation UK will support community projects to encourage greater participation in blind sport.

Ian Carr said: “We’re delighted to have grown so rapidly in the past few years, but this has taxed our resources. We’re very grateful to MAXIMUS Foundation UK for this grant, which supports our ongoing community and grassroots work to make sport accessible for all.”

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK provides grants to charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups - particularly those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in health, employment and community development.

Chairman Marilyn Saunders said: “British Blind Sport provides people of all ages with fantastic opportunities. Their work promotes physical activity and allows people to try activities they would otherwise not be able to do. Their community work is essential in improving health outcomes and enabling people to make friends through sport.”

British Blind Sport is currently running its Christmas-themed Jingle Balls campaign, where donations made will go towards purchasing noisy ‘jingle balls’ for visually impaired children to use during sporting activities. To find out more, visit www.britishblindsport.org.uk