Charity awarded grant to extend access to blind sport

British Blind Sport has been presented with a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to support its provision of sport and recreational activities for children and adults with visual impairments.

Alaina Macgregor (Chief Executive) and Ian Carr (Fundraising Manager) received the award from MAXIMUS Foundation trustee Laura Turner, who also nominated the charity for the grant. British Blind Sport provides blind and partially sighted individuals with opportunities to participate in sports including football, archery, athletics, cricket and target shooting.

The charity has more than doubled in size in the past three years, supporting individuals ranging from beginners to Paralympians. The grant from MAXIMUS Foundation UK will support community projects to encourage greater participation in blind sport.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups - particularly those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said: “British Blind Sport provides people of all ages with fantastic opportunities. Their work promotes physical activity and allows people to try activities they would otherwise not be able to do. They’ve supported athletes and sportspeople at national levels, but their community work is essential in improving health outcomes and enabling people to make friends through sport.”

Ian Carr, Fundraising Manager of British Blind Sport, said: “We’re delighted to have grown so rapidly in the past few years, but this has taxed our resources. We’re very grateful to MAXIMUS Foundation UK for this grant, which supports our ongoing community and grassroots work to make sport accessible for all.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK has donated £85,000 in grants to charities and community groups in the last year. The Foundation has called for further grant applications from local charities and community organisations.

 

MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS is a health and employment services business and for more than forty years has worked with governments around the world to provide support to a diverse range of communities. In the UK, MAXIMUS employ 4,000 staff, including more than 2,000 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. Operating from more than 300 locations in the UK, MAXIMUS is one of the largest providers of employment, health and disability support programmes in the country.

Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, Health Management and Health & Human Services are all MAXIMUS UK businesses. In 2015 MAXIMUS entered a Joint Venture partnership with Remploy, the largest provider of disability employment services in the UK.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / Chris.Rogers@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk) or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 / Mayar.Raouf@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk).