Special couple’s efforts recognised

Malcolm Toghill, Maureen Bennett and Cliff Bennett
Malcolm Toghill, Maureen Bennett and Cliff Bennett

A COUPLE who set up the Eastbourne Special Olympics 10 years ago have been named July’s Residents of the Month.

Maureen and Cliff Bennett welcome people with a range of disabilities to weekly training sessions at Eastbourne Sports Park.

They have 35 members from the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford areas who mainly take part in athletics, although there are also football sessions available.

Next year members will have the opportunity to take part in the Special Olympics National Games.

The group holds a number of fundraising activities throughout the year, and Maureen and Cliff will soon be throwing open the doors of their home for a barbecue to mark the group’s tenth anniversary.

Maureen said, “I’m very passionate about the Special Olympics.

“The athletes make fabulous friendships and it’s a great confidence booster for them.

“They’ll often come thinking they can’t do something, then find out they can.

“They love being there and supporting each other and it also teaches them helpful life skills.

“We’d like to thank our coach, Geoff Martindale, as the group wouldn’t be possible without his help.”

The Resident of the Month Award was introduced to recognise unsung heroes in the local community.

It is jointly sponsored by Advanta Chartered Accountants and the Eastbourne Herald.

Malcolm Toghill, a director at Advanta, presented the couple with a certificate and said, “Maureen and Cliff have shown such dedication to the Special Olympics and the work they do really enriches the lives of those who take part.

“We’re delighted to present them with the Resident of the Month Award for July.”

As part of their reward, Cliff and Maureen are looking forward to a complimentary meal at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.

For more information about the Special Olympics, contact cliffmo158@aol.com

r To nominate someone who you think deserves recognition, email info@advanta-ca.com or call 411222.