More than 70 members of the Down’s Syndrome North Yorkshire Support Group are heading off to the Flamingo Land Theme Park, thanks to a grant from the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.
The grant will pay for the visit by the Group which is run by parent volunteers for all people with Down’s syndrome and their family carers who live in North Yorkshire.
The Foundation was approached by the Harrogate Poker League which was raising funds for a series of events for the Down’s Syndrome Support Group, including a ten-pin bowling trip and a visit to the Christmas pantomime.
Paul Underwood of the Harrogate Poker League, which has 1,700 members said:
We nominated the Support Group for a grant as it is one of the charities we have supported for some years. This grant means we can focus our attention on some of the other events that are so important to this group.
Among those taking part in the trip on Saturday 22 September is 19-year-old Matthew Constable, whose mother, Sheila, is one of the organisers.
I am looking forward to lots of things but especially the dodgems and the scary rides!
The day-long visit will allow members to visit the zoo and experience the rides before a light meal and the trip home.
Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation Trustee Sonia Jones, who presented the cheque, said: “We are delighted to be able to make a grant to a group which supports families right across North Yorkshire and we hope they have fantastic time.”
The Foundation organises the annual Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards which this year take place on Thursday 29 November at the Leeds United Centenary Pavilion. Nominations for the Awards are open until 28 September and more details on the Awards can be found at www.yorkshireyoungachievers.co.uk