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Ospreys wheelchair rugby gets welcome boost from Foundation

Members of Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby Club will be able to get vital spares thanks to a grant from Leeds Building Society Foundation.

The Swansea-based team, which has a tie-in with Ospreys rugby club, offers those with disabilities across South Wales an opportunity to take part in the exciting sport of wheelchair rugby.

They use specialist chairs which are built for speed, agility and durability, which can take a pummelling during matches. A £725 grant from Leeds Building Society Foundation will pay for repairs and spare parts, including new wheels and tyres, to ensure the wheelchairs last as long as possible.

Amanda Evans, Branch Manager of Leeds Building Society’s Swansea branch said: “We’re delighted the Foundation is able to support Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby Club. The team offers a fantastic opportunity for people throughout South Wales with disabilities to take part in this thrilling sport.”

Sam Lloyd, a Trustee and player with Ospreys said: “We are very grateful to receive this very generous grant from the Leeds Building Society.

“This donation will help us to maintain the conditions of the rugby chairs at the club, allowing us to provide functioning chairs for any new players that come to the club and want to try out our fantastic sport. Without generous donations such as this our club wouldn’t be able to function.”

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Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby

Members of Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby Club

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.