A Charitable Club
Each year the club nominates a chosen charity and holds regular events to try to raise as much money as possible for the charity and promote its awareness. LFR raises money for it’s chosen charity in many ways, through the races it organises, encouraging charitable donations and also through sponsorship of runners at key racing events. Some of the ways it raises money for the charity is by organising themed events, such as the our Breakfast Run event. Once a month the club hosts an event called 5caKe night where members come back to the club after running, for tea and cake, and this evening is also used as a fundraiser, with raffles and collection boxes to generate money. Finally the ever-popular Leighton 10k race is the biggest charity fund-raisers, being held in Spring each year.
Once upon a time, well 2016 to be precise, the thriving community that is Leighton-Linslade had just a single Sport ( swimming) for those with a disability. The Rotary Club of Leighton Linslade decided to pick up the challenge to not only expand the provision of sporting opportunities but to create a Centre of Excellence in Leighton-Linslade , with the long term objective of ensuring Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable Inclusive Sport for those with a Disability in our community.
In partnership with a number of sporting and commercial organisations the Rotary “Yes We Can” program has managed to establish opportunities in six sports, Archery, Football, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Tennis and most recently Sailing. It has worked closely with the already established Otters Swimming Club to ensure those with a Disability can access all seven sports as well as one off multi sports days in the summer school holiday period.
Notable early successes include winning the Berks/ Bucks pan disability conference football cup, a joint training session of St.Albans & Leighton Buzzard Hockey disability players, retaining and growing Tennis throughout the COVID pandemic but perhaps most importantly providing regular sport for all those in Leighton-Linslade and the surrounding area who have any kind of visible or non visible disability.
As our communities hopefully emerge from COVID the importance of sport in the lives of those with any kind of Disability will be of real importance and together with all kinds of partners we look forward to growing and sustaining the “ Yes We Can” program.