Former mayor gives thousands to King’s Lynn disabled sports club

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Managers of a Lynn sports club for disabled youngsters say they can continue operating for a whole year thanks to the fundraising efforts of West Norfolk’s former mayor.

Barry Ayres, who stepped down from the civic role last month, nominated the Kandoo Club and the Prince’s Trust as mayor’s charities for his year in office.

A total of £6,434 was raised for the club during the year, with a further £1,200 going to the trust.

And Mr Ayres, together with his wife, Christine, handed over the money to club members and staff at Lynnsport on Wednesday evening.

He said: “It has been an absolute pleasure raising money for a local, deserving group.

“I know the money will make a difference to local young people’s lives.”

The Kandoo Club offers a range of sporting opportunities for disabled youngsters aged between eight and 18 during regular meetings at Lynnsport.

Around 25 children are currently members and they enjoyed games of cricket and hockey before the surprise presentation.

And the club’s chairman, Steve Dean, thanked the couple and their committee which oversaw the fundraising effort for their support.

He said: “This is the largest single donation we have had in our eight years of running and will meet running costs for the next twelve months.”

The money will be used to buy a range of specialist equipment, including footballs with bells inside them and oversized racquets for use by youngsters with visual impairments.