I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the school ball and those who supported the Boost charity through the auction and the raffle.
A special thank you to Paul Nixon for being an amazing auctioneer on the night and to the ladies of the SSA who went above and beyond.
Sam was at Stoneygate School from 1985 to 1991 and he loved every minute of it.
I wanted to let you know a little bit of the legacy, which the Boost charity has set up in his name.
The Sam Sananes Legacy was established in May 2017 following Sam’s untimely death at the age of 39 years. Grants awarded out of the Legacy funds are intended to have regard to Sam’s own sporting interests and, where appropriate, his home town of Leicester and his support for the disadvantaged and disabled, especially sufferers of Muscular Dystrophy.
Fundraising so far has included:-
- The London to Brighton 100km challenge run
- Climbing Ben Nevis
- Climbing Mount Fuji
- Further challenges are being planned
An example of an award already given:
- Stephen McGuire – Boccia
A small award of £400 has been given to Stephen who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. Stephen lives in South Lanarkshire and plays Boccia. The award, which has been channelled through his club, is for a new set of balls. Stephen writes ‘’Through the sport of Boccia, I have been able to train weekly which has helped to keep my condition as stable as possible. It has slowed down the deterioration and for this I am forever thankful.’’
Future awards include:
- Level Water – Disability Swimming The Trustees have approved a £5,000 award out of Sam’s Legacy for the setting up of a swimming lesson programme for disabled children in Leicester. The programme follows previous successes by Level Water (www.levelwater.org) elsewhere in the UK. The anticipated outcomes are:
- 20 disabled children will learn to swim.
- 90% of these children will go on to swim in group lessons.
- Ten swimming teachers will each attend two disability teaching workshops.
- Belvoir Cricket
An award of £5,000 has been approved by the Trustees to contribute toward the Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust (www.bcctrust.org.uk), which, in 2016, reached 462 children with learning and physical difficulties. Darren Bicknell, former Surrey and Nottinghamshire cricketer is the chief executive. Their special needs schools programme comprises:
- A 6 weeks programme of Kwik and Table Cricket.
- A Table Cricket tournament run in conjunction with Nottingham CCC.
- A Cricket & Countryside Education Day comprising Kwik Cricket, fishing, meeting working dogs, a hands-on birds of prey experience and a walk exploring the castle gardens.
- They expect 500 youngsters to participate next year.
- Nic Cummings – Wheelchair Rugby
Boost has been a significant supporter of GB Wheelchair Rugby for over 10 years. Indeed, Kevin Aitchison, a former colleague of Sam’s at B,H&S/ING, is the chairman of their trustee body. For the London and Rio cycles they received both Sport England (grassroots) and UK Sport (elite) funding. However, for this 2017-21 Tokyo round they have been unsuccessful with their bid for UK Sport funding. This means that the £12,000 that each of the twelve elite players has been receiving has now ceased.
David Pond, the chief executive of GBWR, says… ‘’With the stoppage of this award, a number of the athletes will have serious welfare and financial issues unless we can find funding to help the most in need. Nic Cummins is one such athlete.’’
Nic has been in the GB squad since 2014 but narrowly missed out on the final selection for Rio. He plays for the Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club.
Boost’s Trustees have agreed to granting an award of £3,000 from the Legacy pool, which should meet Nic’s travel and equipment maintenance costs. The funding will be managed through the GBWR executive on Nic’s behalf.
Thank you to everybody
Rachel Harris (Sam’s Sister)