Hello everyone I would like to give you a run down of the last year with Special Olympics Sunderland. We started 2013 with our AGM which made a couple of small changes. The main one being the resignation of our Chairman Mr. Ronnie Scott. He was replaced by Tom Maitland. Our treasurer Mr. Stephen Ferguson also resigned and was replaced by Mr David and Mrs Elaine Arkley who will jointly hold this post.
In March we held our 5th Swimming gala which once again was a big success with 80 visiting competitors.
In May we had our 1st "friendly" meeting with Northumberland SO which went off with a bang ranging from races to water polo and games for younger swimmers.
We attended Northumberland SO annual gala and Yorkshire and Humberside gala with great results from both.
We have throughout the year continued fundraising and in January had an offer from Linda Brewis a marathon runner and tri-athlete to raise funds for us by challenging herself to run a marathon a month. This has been very difficult to complete for Linda, running through all kinds of weather in all kinds of terrain. I am pleased to report she completed her final marathon in December and has raised approx £1500 for us.
We have recently been presented with a cheque for £1,000 from the Law Society of Sunderland. This was raised by Mr Gavin Sword the society's chairman by hosting a dinner for members of the society.
We have also received funding from "Big Lottery" through the Community Foundation of £19,000.
All money raised is an asset to the running of Special Olympics Sunderland and we are more than grateful for it all. We have had donations made by family and friends of the group for which we say thank you.
All funding is ring fenced in that it can only be used for the purpose it was requested.
The hope for 2014 is that we can build the club now we have the funds so please spread the word.