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We have joined the CP Sport 20 mile fundraising celebration challenge
A team of GoMembership staff will be running and walking 20 miles (32.2km) each in March to show our support for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and CP Sport's fundraising challenge
CP Sport launch 20 mile fundraising celebration challenge
National Disability Sport Organisation and GoMembership Community member, Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) is celebrating its 20th year this March, the anniversary coinciding with Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.
‘Twenty Miles This March’ is a new Facebook fundraising campaign created to mark the 20th year of the charity and with the ambition to reach a new audience of fundraisers in support of the charities work, which is as important as ever during this pandemic.
How GoMembership are getting involved
We have a team of 16 staff members who have committed to running and walking the 20 miles (32.2km) in March. We will be recording our progress and sharing weekly updates of our activity through our social channels. We're super excited to be involved and showing our support for such a worthy cause and we'd love to see some of you make a small donation to show your own support.
Why this fundraising is important
Research by the Activity Alliance shows disabled people’s lives have been the hardest hit by COVID-19. Accounting for two-thirds of the deaths from coronavirus, this is a national crisis for public health and one that is being felt most sharply by disabled people. It has led to many disabled people, who count for one in five of the population, feeling more fearful and ignored. *
Exercise is great for maintaining a healthy body and mind whether we are disabled or not, however it’s the barriers that disabled people face that mean they are often less likely to be active. CP Sport strive to improve the health and emotional wellbeing of people with cerebral palsy through physical activity, and engaging the community in a number of programmes and intervention.
During lockdown CP Sport have continued to work hard to help keep people with cp active and connected through free virtual cafes, virtual challenges with expert coaches and speakers and equipment rental services with ongoing support.
One Mum said of her daughter who has cerebral palsy
"From attending the first lockdown cafe she got to know the other participants, found her voice, joined the Superhero event and wanted to take part in the virtual challenge. She found her smile again and gained confidence from being part of an organisation that cares. As her Mum I am so very grateful to you all, you helped her through what has been a very hard time."
It is important that everyone has access to sport and physical activities and that everyone has the choice to take part in any sport or activity they are interested in. Research has shown that the majority of disabled people want to be active but don’t know how to get started or where the opportunities are. CP Sport are working to break down these barriers through education and training.
How you can get involved
CP Sport are encouraging all members of the public to get involved in ‘Twenty Miles This March’ and help CP Sport reach and encourage more children and young people with cerebral palsy into being physically active.
Anyone can take part. 20 miles of running is the challenge for the month of March, however participants can tailor it to suit them whether that’s walking, pushing or a going for a different distance. And there is the whole month to complete it.
For those people who are on Facebook they can simply join the Facebook group and follow the steps to start fundraising. Alternatively for those not on Facebook it’s easy to set up a Just Giving page or simply make a donation to CP Sport. There is also a club set up on Strava for people who use the app.
Once participants have set up a fundraising page they can register for a t-shirt. CP Sport will send a medal to those who raise more than £200.
Reflecting on the 20 year milestone CP Sport COO Adi Fawcett said:
“Since the Paralympics in 2000 there has been a higher profile of disabled people doing sport at the highest level and there have been some great role models from the performance pathway. For example athletics has seen the growth of the Parallel events calendar that has grown significantly over the last 20 years and during the season there are a lot of events being delivered. Another example is the sport of boccia starting with CP Sport and has now become a national governing body in its own right. We have seen the range of sports increase offering some good choice and opportunities such as; swimming, table cricket, frame running, athletics, football, bowls, tennis, boccia. We have also seen this year the change to virtual events and activities which are continuing to grow and will continue into the future. There is still a significant amount of work to do to support everyone with cerebral palsy to be active and we look forward to the next 20 years providing the opportunity for everyone to play, participate and enjoy sport”.
Developing links with other CP organisations is crucial to the work of the charity in ensuring more people are reached in the work that CP Sport does. CP Sport are delivering this event in parallel with the Bobath Centre. Both organisations will be encouraging their networks to get moving and get active and complete 20 miles during March – CP Awareness Month.
CP Sport have worked together with the Bobath Centre to develop this fundraising event and will work together during the month to encourage people to take part and also to showcase the stories of people who are taking up the challenge. It is important that organisations who support people with cerebral palsy should work in collaboration to raise awareness of cerebral palsy.
We also caught up with Adi Fawcett of CP Sport recently as part of our #GoMembershipInsights series and she kindly shared some valuable insight into some of the fantastic initiatives that CP Sport have been carrying out over the last 18 months.