Christmas Bowling Visit from the Community Foundation for Lancashire

Sporting Challenge’s Christmas Bowling night took place on the 4th December in Southport but it was a little different than usual ! The group members all took part in a seasonal “Best Christmas Jumper” Competition. There were all kinds of jumpers on show.

The winners were chosen by a special visitor on the night, Joan Ford from the Community Foundation for Lancashire who is a Community Philanthropy Manager for Donor Care & Community Engagement. Joan said: “It was great to see the group in action after having funded it on several occasions. I really enjoyed talking to some of the members and finding out more about how they benefitted from the group and what difference it made to their lives.”

The Community Foundation for Lancashire recently awarded the group £500 from the Lancashire Community Investment Fund. This grant will fund some of the group’s activities.

Registered charity Sporting Challenge was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 45 people aged 16+ with learning disabilities to keep them fit and healthy. The Activities take place across West Lancashire during the evening and sometimes at weekends.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “Tonight’s bowling was a lot of fun, I am glad so many people wore their Christmas Jumpers too. This added to the Christmassy feel of the night. It was also great to meet Joan from the Community Foundation for Lancashire. Charities are constantly looking ahead and trying to fund their activities so meeting one of our funders was a great opportunity to show what we do in practice.”

Edward added: “The recent funding award is fantastic news and helps fund our activities which our group really enjoy. Our group really enjoy our sessions, and at the same time their families will be also to be able to have a short break too from their carer duties. A big thank-you to the Community Foundation for Lancashire on behalf of the group.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit or call 07971 299606 or email

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