Wooden Spoon Leicestershire Chairman
With former Leicester Tigers lock Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold among our number, we are committed to using rugby as a means of “powering” projects in our community. We have raised more than £440,000 to help the lives of local children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage.
Sell-out events and a variety of fundraising feats have allowed us to provide significant grants to worthwhile causes such as Birkett House School in Leicester. Our £90,000 donation was used to fund a sensory play suite and garden for pupils at the school, which caters for 4 to 19-year-olds with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities.
We recently gave a grant of £15,000 to Focus, a Leicester-based young people’s charity who strive to transform young people’s lives through inspiring and empowering projects and volunteering opportunities that improve local communities. The grant was used towards their Breathing Space allotment which has created an environment that will enable young people to manage their own mental health and provides an eye-catching site that draws in the local community.
Additional grants we have made in our local area include a grant of just under £25,000 towards the new Leicester Children’s Hospital and £13,000 for two specially-adapted Hansa dinghies at Rutland Sailability, ideal for beginners due to their small size and simple controls. Rutland Sailability is well-known for its excellent work introducing sailing to children and young people with a disability. It gives youngsters a healthy focus and a sense of freedom.
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Wooden Spoon Leicestershire has funded a wide range of projects from soft play areas to sensory and therapy rooms. Click Leicestershire to see the full listing.
Wooden Spoon Leicestershire kindly donated £10,500 towards the costs of refurbishing a soft play area at Oaklands School. The school in Leicester caters for 102 pupils ages 4-11 with moderate and severe learning difficulties. The soft play area if a favourite for most pupils.