I'm running my first ever Marathon in February 2020, in aid of the Belvidere Centre. For those of you who don't know it, the Belvidere is a community centre tucked away in Wallasey that provides a safe and accessible space for people with additional needs and their friends.
The centre runs a youth club 3 evenings a week and summer playschemes for school age children. Since the council have stopped funding them the centre relies solely on fundraising, sponsorship and other enterprise.
The summertime funtime playschemes run during school holidays and provide a wonderful and enriching few days of play for children, and some well needed respite for parents!
Youth Club is going from strength to strength, offering more activities on a regular basis to members such as football and botcha tournaments, relax & yoga and creative/messy play.
'The college of Knowledge' is a brand new adventure being held at the centre with courses being offered on both a day training and weekly basis. Examples include: emergency first aid, epilepsy awareness training, relationships and young people, 10 week introduction to yoga, belly dancing, Spanish conversation to name but a few! These are open to the public and Friends of the Belvidere get free access to selected events.
Why is the Belvidere so important to me? The Belvidere has been a huge part of my life, my entire life. I'm lucky to have always been involved as a member and now a volunteer. My Mum is currently the chairperson and has ran the summer playschemes for my whole life, I've been going longer than I've been able to walk! As a volunteer I can really see how needed and valued the centre is by it's members. Sometimes on the edge of social inclusion, the centre gives people a real sense of belonging and community, something you cannot put a price tag on.
You can however put a price tag on more tangible stuff, so here is a bit of information about what kind of things your sponsorship can go towards:
I've got a lot of training to do for this, and have set up an instagram account to keep track of my progress, @emmatrainsforamarathon.
***You can be sure I'll be working hard for your donations!***
For more information about the Belvidere Centre please see www.thebelviderecentre.org or The Belvidere Community Centre on facebook.
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I'll also tell you guys that I am simultaneously fundraising during this marathon and training for a Spanish animal charity, local to where I currently live. All donations are kept separate and 100% of your donations to the Belvidere centre go to the Belvidere Centre.
The Belvidere Centre was founded in 1971 as a place for children and young adults with additional needs to come and socialise. We've evol...