Special Olympics challenge for Sussex Downs College pupils

Foundation students presenting the money they had raised to Pam Moors, standing centre of the cheque
Foundation students presenting the money they had raised to Pam Moors, standing centre of the cheque

FOUNDATION learning students based on the Eastbourne campus of Sussex Downs College have been busy in recent weeks raising money for the Eastbourne Special Olympics.

They raised £237.68 by holding a themed Queens Diamond Jubilee coffee morning with various stalls selling a range of things they had made including glazed pots and homemade cakes. They had also grown vegetable and flower plants and worked very hard collecting raffle prizes and creating a lucky dip.

Pam Moors received a special presentation cheque on behalf of Eastbourne Special Olympics from the students.

The funds will be used to support the athletes from Eastbourne who are taking part in the Special Olympics National Games in Bath in 2013.

The Eastbourne group meets every Thursday at Eastbourne Sports Park from 4.45pm-5.45pm where the young people train in track and field.

Eastbourne Special Olympics was formed in September 2002. Geoff Martindale, a local athletic coach who had been on a training course to train people with a learning disability, had the opportunity to work with local students. He was so impressed with their enthusiasm, he wanted to provide a training session in Eastbourne for them.