PRIME Minister Theresa May took time last week to visit a charity she has belonged to and supported since she was a modest back bench MP.
She touched base with members of SportsAble at their Braywick headquarters.
SportsAble has been operating for 41 years and provides a lifeline to disabled people of all ages, offering support, training and a path to the Paralympics.
Mrs May took the opportunity to make a film for You Tube – happily telling viewers: “I’ve supported SportsAble over the years because of the fantastic work that it does, providing for disabled people to get involved in sport. It’s doing a tremendous job in our community for disabled people.”
Over the years the Prime Minister, in her role as MP for Maidenhead and later as Home Secretary, has attended every major SportsAble event from fancy dress fundraisers to black tie occasions.
SportsAble’s Chief Executive Officer Kerl Haslam said: “As ever, she was friendly, easy to chat to and we felt that she really listened to the issues we raised about lack of funding for grassroots disability sport.
“One of the things that really caught the Prime Minister’s attention was hearing about our outreach programmes. We’ve outgrown our current premises and are now taking sport to people in care homes and hospitals, helping them to escape their clinical environment for two hours at a time.”