Community competition sees Cambridgeshire charities win sports equipment
PUBLISHED: 18:00 06 August 2018
Four organisations that help dozens of people get the best quality of life in Cambridgeshire have won sports equipment in a community competition.
Three table tennis tables and one foosball table were given away as prizes by fitness equipment manufacturer Life Fitness UK based in Queen Adelaide.
The first table tennis table was won by Fen House, located off Lynn road in Ely.
Fen House is a specialist brain injury unit offering community-based rehabilitation for people with an acquired brain injury.
Fen House do work helping their service users to function as independently as possible and re-establish their confidence.
Michelle Bailey, physiotherapy assistant at Fen House, said: “After a stroke or brain injury, people can lose a lot of their upper limb function, so if we can help them to redevelop this in a more fun way, that’s great.
“Following an injury, people can also become quite isolated, so we do a lot of work around bringing people together and building community which equipment like the table tennis table helps us to do.”
The PORT Youth Group in Littleport was the recipients of the second table tennis table.
Run by a team of dedicated volunteers, and with an average of 60-70 children attending the group each week.
Co-founder, Joanne Coe, said: “Our aim is not only to provide the best experience possible for the children attending The PORT, but to also widen their opportunities, whether that’s through activities, days out, community work or equipment for them to use. The table tennis table will be great to have outside in the summer for the children to have fun with and to stay healthy.”
The third table tennis table was won by Emma Beeton, who will raffle it off at this year’s Phil’s Ride – an annual charity event for cyclists and motorcyclists in memory of her late brother-in-law, Phil Beeton, who lost his life in a road traffic accident in October 2015.
All the money raised from this event, which takes place on August 26 starting at 11am from The Old White Bell public house in Southery, will be donated to East Anglian Air Ambulance who attended the scene and saved the life of Emma’s son, Jack, who was also involved.
The final winners were Highfield Littleport Academy who received a foosball table which will be used to help promote social and emotional skills within their school’s community, while giving pupils hours of enjoyment.