Helping hand for disabled group

Members of he Funpod Foxes, who are hoping to scoop grant money to buy new equipment.
Members of he Funpod Foxes, who are hoping to scoop grant money to buy new equipment.
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Disabled youngsters are hoping to get their hands on some new sports equipment through The Gazette’s Community Giveaway with the Swallowdale Children’s Trust.

The youngsters from Funpod Foxes, a multi- sports group for people with a range of disabilities, constantly need new equipment and a bit of help with running costs of the group, which meets at St Annes YMCA on St Alban’s Road.

Secretary Helen Jenkins got involved as a volunteer and has served as chairman in the past.

She said: “I started as a volunteer as I had experience working with disabled children and adults, and I just fell in love with everybody there.

“We work on agility, co-ordination, speed skills and balance, but we try to work individually to make sure the people there get the interaction they need.”

The group meets weekly for games of hockey, football and basketball played by disabled people aged 11 and up.

Helen said: “They get fitter by coming here, and they enjoy being with friends they have met through Funpod Foxes.

“We have a really good social element, but in a fun, safe environment.”

Because the equipment has to be specialised to be used by people with disabilities, it tends to cost more.

Helen said a set of Boccia indoor bowls cost around £300.

“We’re not just here for the disabled community,” Helen added. “I know we benefit the community. Parents come to watch, and enjoy being able to relax with other people they can talk to.”

The group’s application for the funding was put in by fundraiser Paul Cooper, whose autistic son Max, 11, attends Funpod Foxes.

He said: “This money is vital for us. The equipment we have now will not last forever and it will always need replacing.” Funpod Foxes is also in need of volunteers who can help supervise the sports sessions. Call Helen on 07835 259888 if you can help.


How to apply for our big giveaway:

To apply for a grant email us at with Swallowdale in the subject field, or write to us at:

Swallowdale Children’s Trust Community Giveaway, The Gazette, c/o LEP, Olivers Place, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9ZA, by Friday, May 3.

Tell us in no more than 250 words why you feel you deserve a helping hand from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, how you would use a grant and what a difference it would make to you or your community group.

Applications from individuals must be supported by a letter from an independent person who can verify the veracity of the application.

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