Broadcast legend Angela Rippon launches Lady Taverners appeal to help disabled children play

7th May 2014
Broadcast legend Angela Rippon launches Lady Taverners appeal to help disabled children play

Legendary broadcaster and president of the Lady Taverners, Angela Rippon, has launched a new Play Spaces Appeal by announcing the charity's ambitious £250,000 fundraising target to help young people with disabilities enjoy their right to play. Funds raised will equip special educational needs schools across the UK with vital facilities for children with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities.

There are currently over 770,000 children under the age of 16 in the UK with a disability (6% of the child population). Over 60% of local authorities in England have cut their budgets for childcare and play services since 2011, and almost 50% are offering a reduced level of holiday childcare services. Disabled people are twice as likely to live below the poverty line as those without disabilities.

The Lady Taverners is part of the Lord’s Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a 'sporting chance'. The charity provides a range of sensory, outdoor and soft play equipment to meet the multiple needs of physical and learning disabilities. However, with approximately 1,000 special schools across the UK in need of these essential facilities, not all of the charity's funding requests can be met.

The Lady Taverners Play Spaces Appeal will enable more schools to be kitted out with the equipment required to give their pupils the chance to experience ‘play’. To raise the required funds, supporters of the charity are being encouraged to take on their own fundraising events and challenges while also looking to local businesses and trusts for further support.

Ann Nanasi, headteacher of Sherwood Park School in Croydon who received Lady Taverners funding for play equipment recently, said: “By funding a wheelchair roundabout for the school, the Lady Taverners has enabled all our children with varying abilities to access the same piece of equipment.

It has been a wonderful success as it optimises inclusive play, making it possible for children who are at times restricted by their wheelchairs to play and have fun alongside their more able-bodied friends. It’s a real pleasure to see the joy on the children’s faces as they share the experience of playing on a roundabout having so much fun!”

Angela Rippon, president of the Lady Taverners, added: “The Lady Taverners is all about giving young people a sporting chance and the equipment that this appeal is raising funds for will help provide young disabled people with that chance. The new Play Spaces Appeal will ensure that even more young people with a wide range of disabilities will get the opportunity to partake in physical activity.

For more information on the Play Spaces Appeal and for fundraising ideas please download our fundraising pack.

To donate to the cause please visit the Play Spaces Appeal JustGiving page.

To download the application form please click here.

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