Spiderman challenge to help fund Special Olympics dream for Sheffield man

Les Morgan is raising money to compete in this summer's Special Olympics in LA. He needs to raise �8,000 and is doing a rock-climbing challenge dressed as Spiderman.
Les Morgan is raising money to compete in this summer's Special Olympics in LA. He needs to raise �8,000 and is doing a rock-climbing challenge dressed as Spiderman.
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A Sheffield man hoping to compete in the Special Olympics has taken on a rock-climbing challenge – dressed as Spider-Man.

Leslie Morgan took on the unusual challenge at the Awesome Walls Climbing Centre in Atlas, Sheffield.

Les Morgan is raising money to compete in this summer's Special Olympics in LA. He needs to raise �8,000 and is doing a rock-climbing challenge dressed as Spiderman.

Les Morgan is raising money to compete in this summer's Special Olympics in LA. He needs to raise �8,000 and is doing a rock-climbing challenge dressed as Spiderman.

It is one of a number of challenges the 23-year-old, who lives off Ecclesall Road, has taken part in to raise the £7,000 needed to go to the Games in Los Angeles in July.

Leslie, who has autism and Asperger’s syndrome, is hoping to represent Great Britain in the 50m run and softball throw at the event.

Money raised will help Leslie pay for his competitor fees, flights and accommodation, as well as for a support worker to accompany him.

Andy Girdham, from the Autism Plus organisation, which is supporting Leslie, said about £4,500 has been raised so far.

Among Leslie’s supporters is Sheffield’s London 2012 Olympic heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, who recently handed him £1,000 on behalf of Santander, one of her sponsors

Leslie was invited to train with Jessica and prepare at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, in Attercliffe, as part of the bank’s Christmas campaign.

n For more information, visit http://autismplus.org