Second birthday for the Cheetahs

Christine Anderson with her son Christopher, who has spina bifida.
Christine Anderson with her son Christopher, who has spina bifida.
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A SPECIAL club set up to help disabled and able-bodied children join in activities together is celebrating its second anniversary.

Blackpool Cheetahs Wheelchair Sports Club will hold a party on Friday, at 4pm, at Thornton YMCA, on Victoria Road East, to mark the occasion.

The group was set up in 2010 by local mum Christine Anderson and allows youngsters the chance to take part in wheelchair sport together – including basketball, tennis and boccia.

Mrs Anderson decided to start a club herself after finding there was little for her 10-year-old twins Jessica and Christopher – who has spina- bifida – in the local area.

The Cheetahs meet every Friday after school at Thornton YMCA.

Sessions are free and the nont-for-profit company holds regular fundraising events to help pay for equipment and other costs.

Mrs Anderson said: “We have an amazing new team working hard to develop the club and would love to show everyone the progress they have made.

“We want to say thank you so much to everyone for their continuing support and for recent donations, which are enabling the coaches and volunteers to build on their qualifications.

“Many of the children and families have now been with us since November 2010.

“Together we have created a very special club where the whole community belong and benefit.

“I am so proud of the children and the progress they are making and very grateful for all the support.”

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