18th Dec, 2017

Blindness charity returns as partner for Recency Run

BRITISH Blind Sport is returning as a charity partner for the Wright Hassall Regency Run.

Organised by the Leamington and District Round Table the 10k run takes place on Sunday April 2.

The Leamington-based charity which helps blind and partially sighted people to get active and play sport are hoping to encourage more people of all running abilities to become guide runners.

Following the success of the Rio Paralympics the profile of disabled sport is higher than ever and the charity wants runners of any ability to run the 10k and raise funds for them to support their Find a Guide service which pairs visually impaired runners and guide runners.

Fundraising manager for British Blind Sport, Ian Carr, said: “The Regency Run is a fantastic event and we’re really grateful to the Round Table for once again supporting us this way.

“The event has really helped us to raise the profile of British Blind Sport in Warwickshire and funds raised will support our guide running programme so we can continue our work in providing sporting opportunities for visually impaired people.”

And Mark Chambers from the Round Table added: “This is our 13th year hosting the Regency Run, and we hope to see more entries than ever before.

“There is always such a good atmosphere and a great sense of community so it should be a fantastic day.

“The run has helped to raise thousands of pounds for British Blind Sport over the last few years and we’re looking forward to supporting the work of the charity again.”

Visit www.regency10k.co.uk to enter and www.britishblindsport.org.uk for further details.

* A WARWICK community centre can continue delivering youth sport activities thanks to cash raised by the Regency Run.

The Gap Community Centre has received £2,000 and will receive £4,000 more over the next two years from the Leamington Round Table as a result of funds raised by the Regency Run.

Based in Oakwood Grove, the donation allows the community centre to fund a youth worker for a whole year to deliver sport activities for young people at the centre.

More than 2,000 people visit the centre each month, with activities available for babies through to the elderly.

Gap director Marcos Campos said they were grateful for the funding.

He added: “We are the only universal provision for young people in Warwick, other than after-school clubs, and funding like this is essential to allow us to continue providing this unique provision in the area.

“We only charge members 60p a session, £1.20 for non-members – you wouldn’t get that anywhere else. Those who can’t afford to pay, don’t pay at all, we want everyone to be able to access the activities we offer here.”

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