I'm running the Snowdonia Half Marathon on May 21st- according to the organisers it's the UK's toughest half marathon. I thought if I was stupid enough to do this then I could at least try and raise some money. The charity I have chosen is the Special Olympics Plymouth and District- a charity set up and run by my parents to help athletes (including my brother David) from Plymouth and the surrounding area take part in competition and attend the national and world games. People with an Intellectual (Learning) Disability can often remain ‘excluded’ and isolated from society. They have so far helped hundreds of people not only compete but gain social circles and friendships through sport that non-disabled people may take for granted More on the charity below and if you follow this link: http://www.sopd.org.uk/about/ The Special Olympics Movement The Special Olympics Movement is the ‘third arm’ of the Olympics organisation, along with the Olympics and Paralympics, and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with an Intellectual (Learning) Disability through training and competition in numerous sporting disciplines, in both summer and winter sports. Plymouth & District Special Olympics Plymouth & District (SOPD) is a Branch of Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) and provides sports opportunities. The Club was founded in 2010 after Special Olympic Indoor Bowls Athlete David Stockdale had difficulty in obtaining a place to compete in the Leicester 2009 National Games; this was due to there being no Special Olympics Club in Plymouth or Devon. Once his place was secured he was accompanied by his parents Alan and Maureen and competed in the games and they returned home determined that people with an Intellectual (Learning) Disability living in Plymouth and the surrounding area would have the opportunity of participating in Sport and train towards being able to enter Competition.
Well done Gareth Aunty Sue xxx
Great effort for great cause!! Kate and Stu Busfield
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