Maypole Project youth club members take on London’s biggest Santa Fun Run

Katherine Johnston (05 December, 2019)

'We are fast and furious runners'

33644The Maypole Project's Youth Club, pictured before the lockdown

Members of the Maypole Project’s youth club, for children with complex medical and educational needs, will be taking on London’s biggest Santa fun run this weekend.

The 5k Santa fun run, held on Sunday, December 8, will see the youngsters, some of whom have been supported by its team,raising funds for the Bromley-based charity. So far, they have raised more than a thousand pounds.

The Maypole Project aims to provide a supportive, social environment to help young people with special educational needs, from across south London, make friends, continue learning, and gain the skills and confidence they need to help the transition into adulthood.

Lily, 16, is a youth club member who receives counselling from the charity, was diagnosed with complex medical needs at the age of four. She says being part of the group helps to “enjoy conversations and feel like a young adult with my own opinions”.

She is also starting to develop friendships, something that has always been a struggle.

On their online fundraising page, the team explained: “We are a group of young people who are supported by the Maypole Project.

“We attend their regular youth club sessions every other Thursday. The youth club sessions are great fun as we do various activities such as Clip and Climb, we go bowling, and we run our own tuck shop which we are very proud of.

“When we are at our youth club venue we love catching up with our friends by playing pool or table tennis or on the Wii whilst also gaining confidence in social situations.

“We have decided to give something back to The Maypole Project by setting ourselves a challenge in taking part in the Do It For Charity London Santa Run to fundraise for the Maypole Project, to get healthy and fit, inspire ourselves to take on bigger challenges in the future, like a bigger distanced run, and because we are fast and furious runners.”

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