Mablethorpe care home awarded Olympic funding

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DOULTON Court Care Home in Mablethorpe is celebrating after being awarded a £169 grant to fund an Olympic and Paralympic inspired project.

The funding will go towards pirchasing new activity equipment for London 2012 Olympic themed activities for residents and visitors.

In the past Doulton Court has been given funds for new age kurling equipment, with great success. This new grant will now enable them to add to their activity options.

A new project called Silver Spirit is behind the funding, awarded grants of up to £300 for community groups with members mostly aged over 50.

Sarah Ferneyhough, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Silver Spirit provides a great opportunity for the older generation to get actively involved with the 2012 Games and run events and projects inspired by the Olympics or Paralympics. We have been really pleased with the level and quality of the applications so far, and look forward to receiving more applications for the next deadline in September.”

New age kurling sessions will be held every week, with over 50 residents, families and carers.

Nearly £3000 has so far been awarded to projects throughout Lincolnshire in the first round of applications, but £10,000 is still available in the run-up to the 2012 Games, so many more projects in the county can be funded.

Groups can apply for funding for one off activities, or ask for support to pay for a series of sessions or longer term project that could last all year. The next deadline for Silver Spirit applications is Friday, September 30, and all the money must be spent by September 2012.

An application form is available online at www.lincolnshiresports.com, or call Sarah Ferneyhough on 01522 585 580 for more information.