Disability sport charity receives funding boost

Within Reach provide activity sessions to disabled people in the Sheffield community.
Within Reach provide activity sessions to disabled people in the Sheffield community.
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A charity which helps disabled people to get more involved with sport has received a £9,000 donation.

Health insurance provider Westfield Health has donated the healthy sum to not-for-profit charity Within Reach, which specialises in providing sport and activity sessions for disabled people within the Sheffield community.

Mike Elliott, chairman of Within Reach, said: “The donation has been crucial to match vital funds that we need to keep the programme going.

“The money will be used to get even more disabled people, and those who have special needs, to enjoy sport and activity sessions.”

Disabled people will gain access to sports including basketball, boccia and ice skating.

Sports will be run across facilities operated by Sheffield International Venues.

According to Sport England, disabled people are half as likely to play sport on a weekly basis compared to non-disabled people.

Mike said: “We hope more than 5,000 participants will have the opportunity to take part in the programme over the next three years.

“That’s something that wouldn’t have happened without this generous donation.”

The donation will help the charity’s Inclusive Sport Sheffield programme which is designed to increase participation.

Graham Moore, chairman of Westfield Health, added: “We are delighted to make the donation to Within Reach as they strive to make sport accessible.”