‘Of Course We Can’ - Disabled young people hit the slopes with money raised by HealthTotal

28 June 2012

Thanks to a grant of nearly £10,000 from money raised by HealthTotal through the Health Lottery, Active Impact and St Rose’s School in Stroud have just run the first of two residential activity breaks for disabled children and young people. The Need for Speed events involve six disabled young people enjoying sledging, skating and quad biking alongside their non-disabled peers.

Thanks to a grant of nearly £10,000 from money raised by HealthTotal through the Health Lottery, Active Impact and St Rose’s School in Stroud have just run the first of two residential activity breaks for disabled children and young people. The Need for Speed events involve six disabled young people enjoying sledging, skating and quad biking alongside their non-disabled peers.

The first event brought together young people from several different schools, offering the adrenalin rush of the activities and the chance to make new friends.

St Rose’s student Ryan Davis said ‘I think all young people should do things together whether they have a disability or not. I think it’s very important for people without disabilities to learn some disability awareness, but above all, disabled young people should have the same opportunities as non-disabled people.’

The event is one part of Active Impact’s wider Of Course We Can programme, open to disabled young people across Gloucestershire. Development Manager Philip Douch believes that the mixture of people is crucial. ‘We are really grateful to HealthTotal. This is not just about enabling disabled young people to do something unusual. The funding is so welcome because it also helps us to promote friendships between people that are the bedrock of healthier communities.’

Donald Macrae, Director of HealthTotal says, “Growing up and enjoying new experiences should be an inclusive thing and not dictated by ability and disability. At HealthTotal we’re delighted to support this project.’

If you know a disabled young person who might like to take part in future Need for Speed events or one of the other exciting activities on the Of Course We Can programme, check out the brochure at www.activeimpact.org.uk or contact Philip on 01453 756614.

For more information about HealthTotal contact Rebecca Richards on 07950 846158 or email [email protected] or visit www.healthtotalcic.org.uk

Notes to editors:

HealthTotal is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Swindon and Gloucestershire.
The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licences granted by the Gambling Commission - www.healthlottery.co.uk
People’s Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants - www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk
St Rose’s School in Stroud is a special school that provides education, therapy, day and residential care for children and young people with physical disabilities and associated learning and communication difficulties – www.stroses.org.uk
Active Impact is a Community Interest Company based in Stroud. It supports organisations to include disabled children and young people in activities alongside their non-disabled peers - www.activeimpact.org.uk

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