Cumbria’s YouthAbility breaks down barriers to sport thanks to ‘royal’ funding

6 March 2017

Members of the inclusive youth group YouthAbilityYouthAbility, the inclusive youth group in Cumbria, is going to break down barriers to sport for young disabled people, thanks to a £2,500 gift from Her Majesty the Queen’s charity, The Patron’s Fund.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability-run youth group is planning to invest in inclusive sports equipment so it can offer more sporting activities. It was awarded the money as Her Majesty is a patron for Leonard Cheshire.

Joshua McLeod, project Coordinator for YouthAbility Cumbria said: 

‘We’re delighted to have Her Majesty as our patron.

‘This money will help us to increase the amount of sports our young people can participate in.’

YouthAbility currently provides inclusive youth services across south Cumbria, including Kendal and Barrow-in-Furness, and works with over 100 young people every week.

It offers a wide range of activities, youth work sessions trips and residential experiences to young people who often cannot access other clubs in the area. 

Les McLeese, team leader for YouthAbility in Barrow-in-Furness said: 

‘The young people are really excited to try some new sports and develop their skills.

‘Sport is a really good tool for our youth work, allowing us to engage with young people in a different way, this money will allow us new opportunities to do this within our youth centre.’

YouthAbility is one of hundreds of charitable organisations to benefit from a total of around £750,000 from the Patron’s Fund, after generous donations from a range of supporters — including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. 

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For further information please email The Patron’s Fund (Registered Charity No. 1164171).