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Allsorts charity adds athletics equipment after Foundation grant

A Stroud-based charity, which supports children with disabilities and their families, has been able to buy new athletics equipment thanks to a grant from Leeds Building Society Foundation.

The £887 grant was used to purchase a set of athletics equipment for an athletics club run by Allsorts, to create a range of fully inclusive activities for children of all abilities to enjoy.

The weekly club, held at Archway School, has been accessed by a total of 21 children since it was launched in September 2017.

Max Pemberton, Sports Coordinator at Allsorts, said: “We were very grateful to receive such a generous grant from Leeds Building Society Foundation. It has had a significant impact on the services we can provide children with disabilities, and their families, in our area.

“This new athletics equipment is the essential ingredient to success and provides a fantastic and inclusive way for everyone to enjoy being active. Without support such as this the club wouldn’t be able to function.”

Allsorts was founded in 2009 by parents of disabled children, with an aim of having fun while supporting each other.

Andy Voss, whose three children, Illy, Toby and Wilf, regularly attend the club, said: “Athletics club is amazing. It means all of my children can do the activities at the same time regardless of their different circumstances.

“The staff are brilliant and so skilled at including any child with additional needs.”

Gary Brook, Head of Corporate Communication at Leeds Building Society and a Foundation trustee said: “Investing in the communities we operate in is something we are passionate about and we’re delighted to be able to support a project like this, which makes a real difference to people’s lives.”

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Notes to Editors

Allsorts' Athletic Club

Illy, Toby and Wilf Voss enjoying Allsorts’ athletics club together

Leeds Building Society Foundation, independently run by a Board of Trustees, is partly-funded by an annual donation from Leeds Building Society.

The balance of its financial support comes mainly from the Your Interest in Theirs scheme which allows members to donate the pence interest they earn on their savings.

Leeds Building Society Foundation was established by Leeds Building Society in 1999 to support UK charities committed to relieving hardship and suffering, or their direct consequences, and awards grants of up to £1,000 to good causes based or operating near Society branches and offices.

The Foundation has donated more than £1.8 million to worthy causes across the UK and has helped more than 2,000 charities since its inception.