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A Sefton charity has been aiming high with its latest major fundraising project.
A team of 11 brave volunteers abseiled down the outside of the main entrance of Liverpool Cathedral and raised more than £1,000 for Sefton 4 Good.
Team members who took on the 150-foot free-fall drop in wet and windy conditions included Sefton CVS, Sefton Council and members of the public.
Sefton 4 Good was established by Sefton CVS in 2013 to make it easier for borough residents and businesses to support local good causes by giving their money, resources, time and skills.
Money raised is distributed via a grant scheme which is particularly aimed at smaller organisations, or collaborative projects that include small groups.
Sefton’s Head of Commissioning Support & Business Intelligence Peter Moore along with Head of Regulation & Compliance Jill Coule, Daniel Longman and Adam Blackwel took it in turns to abseil down the iconic city cathedral.
Sefton 4 Good Co-ordinator, Mike Howlett, commented:
“This event was a completely new venture for us, so we’re very pleased at how it went and that so many people supported the team and helped us raise a very significant sum for our charity.
“We’re especially grateful to the intrepid volunteers who actually completed the abseil. This was always going to be a very daunting challenge for them, but it was made even more difficult by the far from ideal conditions on the day.”
Sefton’s para-triathletes aim high in the sunshine
Young disabled athletes from Sefton and beyond recently lit up the Waterloo Festival as the sun shone on Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.
Taking place on Sunday 18 June, Sefton’s second para-triathlon for children and young people with additional needs saw over 30 competitors swimming, cycling and running through a challenging course. Cheered on by a strong crowd, the para-triathletes run a closely fought contest.
Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health at Sefton said:
“I was really inspired by everyone who took part in the para-triathlon – at Sefton Council we never take for granted how challenging competitive sport can be for children with disabilities.
“I am also really proud of the young people who came along to give them very vocal encouragement on the day.
“During the training programme at Litherland Sports Park, a group of local young people asked if they could use the bikes. Our children were wary of them but the team at Aiming High let them join in on the condition they also took part in the running practice with the group.
“Friendships were forged with these young men and it was a wonderful surprise for the children to see them there to give them very vocal support on the day, and some of them even completed all three disciplines with their new friends.”
Cllr. John-Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said:
“It is encouraging to see so many of our young people with disabilities pushing themselves to their limits and clearly enjoying comradery with their peers and new friends they have made.
“This event is the only one of its kind in the Liverpool City Region and I look forward to watching it grow and grow fulfilling the ambition to be the youth para-triathlon event for the region”
John Doran of Sefton Aiming High added
“This is another example of how disabled young people show society what they are capable of. Ability, strength and determination were here in abundance today and we should be proud of them all. I would also like to thank the volunteers from Aiming High and TEAM Sefton, and the organisers of the Waterloo festival for agreeing to let us showcase the athletes’ ability not disability”
Winners on the day were, Dylan Duke, Over 18 Male, Mild Learning Difficulty (MLD) category; Dan Harden, over 18 Male, Complex Needs category; Jim O’Keefe, Secondary Male, MLD category; Sam Lofthouse, Secondary Male, physical category; Sarah Bricklebank, Female over 18 MLD category and Jess McNally, Female Primary MLD category.
For more information on sporting activities for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND), contact Sefton Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service on 0151 288 6811 or by email:firstname.lastname@example.org